We are an interdisiplinary team of 30 students and professors competing in SpaceX's Hyperloop Pod Competition. The competition involves designing and building a pod to be tested on a track constructed at SpaceX's Hawthorne headquarters in August 2017.
The Hyperloop is a proposed advanced method of high speed transportation between cities that are less than about 900 miles apart (e.g. Los Angeles and San Francisco). The system uses a capsule that is propelled through a low pressure steel tube as it rests on frictionless air bearings or magnets.