Three dozen student engineers and entrepreneurs on the University of Washington’s pod-racing team have reworked the design for their vehicle from the ground up.
We are Washington Hyperloop.
What we do
We are a team of motivated engineers, leaders, business people, and designers from the University of Washington competing in the Hyperloop Pod Competition. In the past two competitions, we have placed highly and this year we are expanding our team to include students from a broader range of disciplines, including business and design.
- Business & Branding
- Power & Controls
Who we areSee the team
- Washington Hyperloop started three years ago with a few students who had the dream of improving transportation and doing the impossible. The team has since grown in numbers, knowledge, and experience and is working to push the boundaries of technology and develop amazing engineers.
- Competition 1
- In the first SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, our team won the Subsystem Safety Technical Excellence Award at Design Weekend. We also placed 4th in the USA and 6th in the world out of 1,200 teams.
- Competition 2
- For the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition II, our team focused on refining our previous design and optimized for improving speed. We successfully made it through the design phase and were chosen to compete in the final round of the competition at SpaceX again, shoulder-to-shoulder with the best teams on the planet.
- Competition 3
- In the pursuit of the fastest pod at competition, we fully reworked our pod, relying on a unique cold gas thruster design to push us past the competition. We will be in Hawthorne mid-July proving ourselves on the track.
Join Our Mission
We wouldn't have been able to accomplish any of our dreams and goals without our sponsors, and would like to give a special thanks to all those who have helped us along the way to completion!
- ACP Composites
- Dassault Systemes
- GloCal Network Corporation
- Mark Torrance Foundation
- Solenoid Systems
- University of Washington Department of Mechanical Engineering
- University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering
- University of Washington Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering
- Airtech Advanced Materials Group
- Coast Aluminum and Architectural
- BGF Industries
- LMT Onsrud
- Photonic Associates, LLC Laser Space Propulsion
- Tacos Chukis
GeekWire, Alan Boyle
The Daily, Gabriela Tedeschi
Washington Hyperloop submitted one design briefing in December and another, more detailed briefing in January that also explained their plans for testing the pod. This year, during the second evaluation, SpaceX whittled 47 teams down to the 20 whose plans were the most feasible and promising.
KUOW, Amina Al-Sadi & Bill Radke
Bill Radke talks to Mitchell Frimodt, University of Washington junior and director of the Washington Hyperloop team about the Hyperloop pod the team has built to compete in SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in California.
Seattle Times, Katherine Long
A University of Washington team of students came in fourth in the nation last month in a California competition to build the transportation system of the future[…] they’re already back in the lab, trying to perfect their pod for the next round of the competition this summer.
KOMO News, Corwin Haeck
University of Washington team impresses billionaire Musk with “hyperloop” safety system.”
“The UW team, known as known as Washington Hyperloop, won a “safety subsystem technical excellence” award.
Redshift, TJ Mccue
The first competition, which focused on the hardware build stage of the project, took place in January 2017 and had more than 1,200 entries, which it narrowed to feature prototypes from 27 student and nonstudent teams.
Sierra Circuits, Lucy Iantosca
Washington Hyperloop won the Subsystem Safety Technical Excellence Award during the design phase of the first competition for their magnetic levitation pod, which was designed to reach 100 mph.
Seattle Times, Katherine Long
The Washington Hyperloop team is the only Northwest team to make the cut, after SpaceX — the competition’s sponsor — took proposals from 1,200 teams in the initial round. The finalists were winnowed to 120, then 30.”
“Last January, all the competitors met for the design phase of the competition, and the number of finalists was winnowed to 30. Musk made an appearance, and Washington Hyperloop’s pod won an award for the safest design. The team has a trophy signed by Musk.
The Verge, Andrew J. Hawkins
The University of Washington's hyperloop team is comprised of 67 students, who so far have worked a total of 82,300 hours on their design.