The college’s Hyperloop group – often known as ‘HypED’ – is one in all solely 4 groups from Europe that may compete as a finalist within the SpaceX Pod Competitors, which is being organised by California-based mostly aerospace producer SpaceX.
RS is supporting HypED within the building of the prototype pod with the provision of elements together with semiconductors, batteries, cabling and connectors, switches, heatsinks and a vary of mechanical elements.
Hyperloop is a new idea in mass transportation. It makes use of electrical propulsion to speed up a pod or capsule via a low-strain tube. It's believed that this can be utilized to move folks safely throughout distances of as much as 900 miles and at speeds sooner than a business airliner.
The Edinburgh group includes greater than 50 college students from the University. It was initially shaped in 2015 to enter into the SpaceX Hyperloop Design Weekend competitors, which was held in Texas in January 2016 and the place the group received the ‘Subsystem Excellence Technical Award’.
For the brand new competitors, HypED will comprise three sub-groups that may construct the important thing parts of the prototype pod, together with: static parts corresponding to chassis, shell and aerodynamics; dynamic parts, corresponding to levitation, propulsion and braking; and ‘good’ parts, corresponding to batteries, management electronics and software program.
HypED additionally has a enterprise group to review the feasibility of a Hyperloop system within the UK.
The group is proposing a London-Birmingham–Manchester–Edinburgh route, connecting main centres of financial and social exercise alongside the ‘backbone’ of the nation, and is presenting its proposal on the Hyperloop One International Problem occasion in Amsterdam this week.
Cameron Ward, senior vp of innovation at RS, writes:
“The Hyperloop idea is clearly a really disruptive expertise that would change the face of transportation. We look ahead to bringing information from the HypED group and the SpaceX Pod Competitors to our DesignSpark group, which itself was initiated to carry engineers, innovators, entrepreneurs and college students collectively to share designs, concepts and thrilling new ideas.”
Along with RS, HypED can also be being supported and financed by Cirrus Logic and the University of Edinburgh Revolutionary Initiative Grant.