Students share plans for transport of tomorrow

Edinburgh students are to give a free talk on their project to develop a transport system capable of carrying passengers at 750mph.

Members of the team will explain their research towards a working model for Hyperloop, the brainchild of billionaire entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk. 

The team, known as HYPED, is among dozens around the world competing to design prototypes for Hyperloop, which aims to transport passengers over land, in pods held in a near-vacuum tube.

Edinburgh’s HYPED team was founded in 2015 to construct working Hyperloop models and has grown to more than 200 students, from a range of academic disciplines.

The team will travel to California to take part in the finals of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition this summer with their third prototype – ‘The Flying Podsman’. This is the third year in which HYPED has reached the finals.


In this short film, HYPED team members explain the science behind Hyperloop

Live event

The HYPED team’s talk takes place at 6:30pm on Tuesday 4 June at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), as the first in a series of free public talks at the venue.

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Hyperloop is a fascinating concept and it was a pleasant surprise for me when I came to Edinburgh last year to find that the University hosts the leading student team in Hyperloop development. It has been my pleasure to work with them, and I am thrilled to bring Hyperloop closer to the general public in our talk.

Michal StevoveResearch Manager, HYPED

Commercial possibilities

A range of companies are investigating using Hyperloop systems as the transport of the future.

The Hyperloop One Global Challenge, which tasked engineers with designing ways to connect cities in various regions of the world, was won by the HYPED team in 2017.

Their HYPED proposal to connect Edinburgh to London, via Manchester and Birmingham, would enable passengers to complete the 413 mile journey in 50 minutes.

Related links

HYPED website

EICC Live: Hyperloop