Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation concept proposed by Elon Musk, which would allow travelling from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than 30 minutes through a capsule in a tube at 1200km/h.
With the objective of accelerating the development of a functional prototype of this groundbreaking means of transport and supporting university innovation, SpaceX promoted a worldwide competition to design and build the best pod prototype to travel through the tube: the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition.
The final commitment of the GAIA Hyperloop Team was to design a reliable, high quality and high performance POD, but above all,a safety means of transport.
The team was divided in smaller teams to work individually in every pod subsystem with a common focus, holding regular meetings to put all the ideas and efforts in common and providing support between all Team Members.
Thanks to the advanced materials chosen and to the breakthrough technology applied, the final result of more than 5 months of designing process, was the QXT pod: a high-speed and light pod, which biggest strengths were the levitation subsystem and the structure design.
For the levitation subsystem we used permanent magnets that allows the QXT to lift off the ground and hence, reducing maintenance time and costs. The structure was designed with a balanced agreement between aerodynamics needs and static/dynamic loads of resistance. All this along the other subsystems designed and the application of IoT, made the QXT a unique and innovative prototype.
Faculty Advisor Daniel Sotelsek Salem
Advisor Carmen Palomino Pérez
Industrial Engineering Sergio Abarca Cifuentes
Telecommunication Engineering Mikel Aguayo Fernández
Industrial Engineering Brigida García Carasúsan
Aeronautical Engineering Miguel García Cepeda
Chemical Engineering Raquel Gijón Bastante
Electrical Engineering César Hidalgo Serrano
Aeronautical Engineering Lola López Gilabert
Aeronautical Engineering Marta Medina González
Aeronautical Engineering Miguel Ramos García
Industrial Engineering Rafael Raya Jiménez
Industrial Engineering Luis Baldomero Salgado Benítez
Industrial Engineering Jorge Trallero Calvo
Telecommunication Engineering Juan Vázquez Barco
Advisor Lorena Gómez Pérez
Advisor Freddy Escorza
Team Captain Luis González Lorenzo