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Seattle to Portland in 15 minutes? UW students competing to build 700 mph hyperloop

Hyperloop launch festival
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Imagine a transportation system that could move you from place to place faster than a jet plane, without ever leaving the ground — a system that could take you from Seattle to Portland in just 15 minutes.

In a chilly warehouse near Lake Union, a group of University of Washington students is trying to solve some of the engineering puzzles tied to inventor Elon Musk’s dream of a hyperloop, a theoretical new form of travel.

They’re among the 30 finalists in a collegiate competition to build a hyperloop pod — a capsule for carrying passengers in the tubes envisioned by Musk, of SpaceX and Tesla.

Continue reading at The Seattle Times


​Originally posted at The Seattle Times by Kathrine Long
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