UCI team's Hyperloop pod is ready to race in SpaceX competition on Sunday – Los Angeles Times

When a handful of UC Irvine students heard about the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition almost two years ago, they began work on their own designs in hopes of building a prototype for a high-speed ground transportation system.

Now, after beating out hundreds of other students during project submissions and the Design Weekend last year, the 50-member UCI team will have its project in Weekend I of the contest on Sunday at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne.

Hyperloop, a concept for a high-speed ground transport system, was introduced in 2013 by Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

SpaceX, which designs, manufactures and launches rockets and spacecraft, announced the contest in June 2015, inviting university students and independent engineering teams to build functional, scale-model Hyperloop pods.

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