THE GATORLOOP TEAM
Gatorloop is here to change how we think about our daily commutes, international trade, long-distance travels, and how we can make them fast...
What is Gatorloop?
Gatorloop is the University of Florida's entry into the Hyperloop competition sponsored by SpaceX. Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, intends Hyperloop to be the future of human transportation. This technology is designed to be incredibly fast -- up to 750 mph, making a 6-hour commute into a 30-minute ride. Powered by a combination of renewable energies, like solar power and electricity, Hyperloop is not only incredibly fast but eco-friendly.
Gatorloop team consists of engineering, STEM, business, and design-oriented students working together to create the most functional, effective, and revolutionary Hyperloop pod system right here in our home state of Florida.
What is Hyperloop?
Hyperloop is a disruptive and completely revolutionary high-speed ground transportation system proposed by SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Hyperloop uses breakthrough technology in magnetic levitation and propulsion to speed much faster than cars, planes, and bullet trains. As the capsules will be traveling in a low pressure environment with little to no friction, they will be able to reach transonic velocities.
Major companies like Virgin Group Ltd., Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, and TransPod have already began to see the potential Hyperloop brings to the table, and are already making multi-million dollar investments into the trade.
Read more about the Hyperloop concept here.
How does the competition work?
The competition focuses on the design of the transport pod itself. Out of 1500 teams competing worldwide our first year, we were one of the 22 teams to make it through to the final round! On January 2017, we traveled out to SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA, to perform tests on our pod. This year, we are one of the 47 teams who have made it through to the Final Design Stage.