Students at ASU Designing High-Speed Train

The Goal: Phoenix to Long Beach in 32 Minutes

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WHAT THE?
Students at Arizona State Unviersity are competing to create the train of the future. 

THE DOWNLOAD
The goal for this team of students at Arizona State University is traveling from Phoenix to Long Beach, California (about 380 miles) in 32 minutes. Private aerospace group SpaceX chose the team from ASU as one of 24 finalists for a competition to design and create a high-speed train, that could be the future of commuting. The AZ Loop team is made up of 100 students from all across Arizona, representing ASU, NAU, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and others. The train
being designed runs on a tube-based track. A wooden mold has been made that will be covered in five layers of carbon fiber, creating the shell of the pod. Unlike a normal train car, the pod is suspended via levitation provided by massive, unidirectional magnets, and propelled by thrusters. The goal of the competition is to have to the pod reach 760 miles per hour in the big picture. The prototype has a limited top speed since the test track is only one-mile long. An official half-mile test will be in early August. The final SpaceX competition will be from August 25-27 in Hawthorne, Calif. The winner gets bragging rights across the country. 


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