HYPERLOOP POD COMPETITION
18 students and alumni of FUE programs along with a number of experts, made up the GAIA Hyperloop Team, a team which presented its idea with the objective of speeding up the development of a working prototype of the innovative Hyperloop transport idea
The final entry of the GAIA Hyperloop Team was to design a high quality and high-performance POD, but above all, to design a safe mode of transport.
OUR ADDED VALUE
Thanks to the chosen materials and the perfectly honed technology, the final result of more than 5 months of design process was the QXT pod – a high speed, well-lit pod, which boasted amongst its many strengths a levitation subsystem and a cutting edge structural design.
For the levitation subsystem we used permanent magnets, allowing the QXT to lift from the ground thus reducing maintenance costs and time.
The structure was designed keeping in mind the aerodynamic structure and static charges / resistance dynamics. This, along with other subsystem designs and the application of IoT, made the QXT a unique and innovative prototype.
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
Motivation: When you feel like you can improve the life of others whilst working in a multidisciplinary team and changing the course of history, nothing can stop you or get in your way.
Innovation: We have learned that innovation is not only the ability to invent. You can innovate in any field without the need to invent. In this case, the invention was clear – Hyperloop – but it required a particular type of innovation to create the perfect prototype. Many people worked at the same time on the same project – allowing us to spot flaws, issues and ideas that even the inventor may not have noticed – something we never would have imagined.
Technology: Simplicity allows for innovation whilst at the same time removes many of the causes of failure. We have realised that the newest technological advances are not necessarily always the best.
Transport: We are going to live through a revolutionary period in the history of transport. We have realised that what is needed is a fast, safe, economical and sustainable system that at the same time respects the environment.