This weekend, more than 100 university teams met at Texas A&M University to show off their designs for SpaceX’s Hyperloop competition – and a group of graduate students from MIT took home the prize for best overall design. While Elon Musk originally conceived of the pods floating on a cushion of air, the MIT team decided to go in a different direction and create lift using strong magnets instead. Their final design will be roughly 2.5 meters long, 1 meter wide, and weigh 250 kilograms.

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Teams from the Delft University of Technology, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Virginia Tech, and University of California Irvine also received honors at the Hyperloop design competition. Contestants had a few requirements to incorporate into their Hyperloop designs: they needed to accommodate a mechanical pusher that would serve as a propulsion system, and include sensors to broadcast real-time telemetry data. The designs could also levitate within the tube enclosing the track.

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Now that the first round of the competition is over, 22 finalists will move from simulations of their designs to actually fabricating a prototype. This summer, the completed pods will be tested on a track SpaceX is building near their Hawthorne, California headquarters. Each team has until mid-May to complete their capsules. SpaceX isn’t the only company testing the concept — Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is also set to break ground on a five-mile test track this year.

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