Éirloop is the first team to represent Ireland in the world final of the 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition. After tough deadlines and numerous successful design briefs, we have been invited to the SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, California. In July 2018, just 19 other teams, of which only 5 other European countries are being represented, will compete against us to achieve the fastest Hyperloop Pod, in SpaceX’s state of the art vacuum testing tube.
In what has been described as “The Olympics for Engineering and Innovation”, Ireland will be represented by a highly skilled team consisting of students from Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Institute of Technology Carlow, Institute of Technology Tallaght, Maynooth University and Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Putting the combined effort of these third level institutions together, we aim to prove to the world that Ireland is one of the leaders in innovation, engineering and technology.
Although we have been able to surpass previous hurdles such as getting past various stages of the competition, we are now facing the biggest challenge so far...funding! We are looking for your gracious support to help us to continue with the development of our pod and to ensure that we have the best chances possible when representing Ireland in California. While we do offer larger sponsorship tiers on our website, offering logo space on team gear and on the shell of our pod, we are also extremely appreciative of individual donations, however big or small, as well. Your donation guarantees that you will be part of history in joining us as the first Irish team in the Hyperloop competition and also be helping us to carve the path for the future of clean energy transportation in Ireland.
What is Hyperloop?
A concept that originally came to light back in 2013 when SpaceX, Tesla and The Boring Company founder Elon Musk wrote a ‘white paper’ titled The Hyperloop Alpha in which he described the “fifth mode of transport”. Musk described the future of transportation as being “actually better than flying or driving” which proposed passengers comfortably reaching top speeds of 1235km/h or Mach 1 inside a levitating pod running in a near vacuum tube. Thus dramatically reducing travel time all whilst having a very small carbon footprint due to the clean energy used to power the pods.
In recent years, the idea of the Hyperloop has become more than just an idea, with major developments being done by a private company and by the entrants to the Hyperloop Pod competition, which has been run by SpaceX since 2015. More information on Hyperloop can be found on the original white paper or the Hyperloop Website.
Our Future Plans
We plan to continue to take part in the competition next year with an even faster pod, showcasing what we will have learnt this year which the eventual goal of leading development into Hyperloop transportation in Ireland. Based on research and calculations we believe that with our future Hyperloop system will allow you to travel from Dublin to Galway 11.5 times faster than in a car, cutting your journey time from 2 hours 17 minutes down to just 11 minutes. Based on the 2016 Irish Census, 2/3s of Irish commuters travel by car and spend on average 28.2 minutes travelling to work each day. Over a lifetime of using our future Hyperloop system 5 days a week for your daily commute, you’d be saving 11,388 hours. That's is an astonishing 474 days worth of extra time all down to the utilisation of a clean form of transportation.
Thank you from Éirloop
From all of us at Éirloop, we'd like to take this chance to thank you so much for all your support and we hope that we can do our best to proudly represent Ireland in the 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition!
If you are interested in learning more about the team, our final design concept, please contact [email redacted]
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More in-depth details about our pod can be found on our website: eirloop.ie
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