Past Competitions- Pod 1

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Formation Of Badgerloop

In August 2013, Elon Musk published a white paper on the concept of hyperloop technology. The document was met with mixed reviews, but Musk expressed interest in sponsoring a competition to further develop the technology. On June 15th, 2015, Musk’s company SpaceX announced plans to hold the first SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition at the company headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. The Competition was structured around two elements: design submissions from universities across the world, and a mile-long vacuum run in Hawthorne to test the designs.

Pod 1

Badgerloop was founded in Fall 2015 with the goal of competing in Competition I. We were one of over 700 teams to submit initial designs and one of approximately 120 to be invited to the first phase of the Competition, known as “Design Weekend.” In January 2016, our design placed third in the world at this event, and we were invited to the second phase of the Competition. This was called “Competition Weekend”and took place in January2017. We received an Innovation Award from SpaceX for our unique design that emphasized the scalability of hyperloop technology. Competition I was a huge success for our organization: it showed that we could compete with some of the best technical universities in the world. It was also a success for SpaceX, because theCompetition generated a tremendous amount of interest in hyperloop technology. Based on these factors, Elon Musk announced plans for a second Competition in Summer 2017.



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Major Subsystem Highlights

Subframe Structure and Shell

  • Mostly 6061-T6 and 6063-T52 Aluminum
  • Carbon Fiber Shell:
    • Made from donated prepreg carbon fiber
    • Five molds, six layups
    • Provides additional strength to the frame as well as aerodynamic shape


  • Main Pack (2 of these in the pod)
    • 111 Volts (nominal)
  • 32 Amp-hours (nominal)
  • 30C Discharge provides 960 Amps (cont.)
  • 20 Blocks per Main Pack
  • 5 Blocks in series = String
  • 4 Strings in parallel = Main Pac
  • Pack Management
    • 36 Cell Orion Battery Management System
    • Performs cell balancing
    • Opens/closes pack relay
    • Monitors temperature of blocks
    • Calculates State of Charge

Halbach Wheel Forward Thrust System

  • 10 Halbach wheels will provide the pod with active stability and additional forward thrust
  • Contactless interface with rail provides frictionless stability and thrust actuation
  • Simultaneously provides forward thrust to counter magnetic drag and the capacity for active or semi-passive control of some angular states
  • Can be used regeneratively to power eddy-current brake system
  • Very scalable for Hyperloop and other maglev applications
    • Easy detachment make these wheels very replaceable if damaged
    • Permanent magnets and simple design allow for low maintenance
    • Without contact on the center rail, the lifecycle of plates is practically infinite


  • There are 10 Brushed DC Motors on the pod – 1 for each Halbach Wheel
  • Motor Selected: Saietta 95-R
    • 78 Volts (nominal)
    • 16 kW Output Power (nominal)
    • 6000 RPM (maximum)
    • 93% Efficiency

Levitation system – Halbach arrays

  • When traveling over a conductive surface, eddy currents are created and thus provide a lift force which increases as velocity increases
  • Composed of 4 levitation modules with 64 total magnets

Brake System

  • Consists of two single-axle bogies mounted to the pod using leaf springs
  • Deploys only in emergency or when propulsion is required
  • Fail-safe drum braking system engages during emergency stopping procedure- provides approximately 0.85g of deceleration



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