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Competition II


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Competition II


Our Competition II pod is 20 feet long and weighs 2000 pounds. It's designed to travel at 200 mph in SpaceX's mile-long hyperloop test track in Hawthorne, California. It consists of a number of highly integrated subsystems that work together to reach this goal.

Air Bearings


Air Bearings


Air bearings are the core technology we developed for Competition II. While air bearings are already utilized in low speed industrial applications, they've never been explored in high-speed contexts. Low-friction levitation is critical to the hyperloop concept and our air bearings reduce the force necessary to propel our pod by 80%.

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Brakes


Brakes


Two brake modules use air-actuated cylinders to press performance brake pads onto the aluminum rail that runs the length of the tube. The brakes provide a combined 4-ton clamping force, safely decelerating the pod to a stop. A precision linkage and elastic shock cords suspend each brake from the rest of the vehicle so as to isolate the pod from impulses from the rail. Pressure transducers, thermocouples, and proximity sensors allow the pod to monitor braking pressure, pad temperature, and pad extension in real time.

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Lateral Control


Lateral Control


When traveling down the test track, it is critical to keep the pod centered on the I-beam rail running down the center of the track. Keeping the pod centered ensures that no systems interfere with the rail unexpectedly. 

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Air supply


Air supply


The air supply system is custom designed and built with redundancy and safety in mind. The system is comprised of eight scuba tanks linked together by a common manifold. The system is regulated down using four regulators providing enough flow to test hundreds of levitation concepts. Flow into the skate chambers is controlled by proportional valves and the system is monitored through a number of sensors and thermocouples.

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Controls


Controls


Our controls system ensures that passengers and cargo experience the smoothest and safest journey possible. Flow control enables dynamic tuning of the air bearing to minimize friction while extending the range of the onboard air supply. A powerful processor monitors all subsystems through a constellation of sensors, adjusting the flight profile accordingly.

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Carbon Fiber Shell


Carbon Fiber Shell


The pod's frame is concealed by an aerodynamic shell made of dual sided carbon fiber with an aluminum honeycomb core. It is designed to be both strong and lightweight, weighing in at less than 100 pounds. The shell was manufactured by students from the University of Michigan as part of the OpenLoop project.

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Scalability


Scalability


Our pod can carry nearly 2000 lbs of cargo, and its interior can fit a number of scaled cargo containers or two human passengers in racing seats. 

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Competition II Team


Competition II Team


The Paradigm team involves highly innovative students from Northeastern University, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, and College of the North Atlantic. 

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Competition II Sponsors


Competition II Sponsors


 

Paradigm Hyperloop has been fortunate to partner with numerours companies and organizations over the course of this project. We are actively seeking out new sponsors and constantly looking for ways to create value on both sides of the sponsor relationship. Without the help of our sponsors, our project would not be possible.

 
 

Sponsorship Tiers

Platinum $15,000 +

Platinum sponsor logos will be displayed on the pod's shell and be twice the size of Gold sponsor logos. Platinum sponsors will also have their logo on all team uniforms and receive priority access to guest passes to attend Competition Weekend in August. Platinum sponsors will also receive all the benefits of lower sponsorship tiers.

Gold $7,500 - $15,000

Gold sponsor logos will be displayed on the pod's shell and will be twice the size of Silver sponsor logos. Gold sponsors will receive a special shout-out on the team Facebook page and mention in all official team communications. Gold sponsors will also receive all the benefits of lower sponsorship tiers.

Silver $2,000 - $7,500

Silver sponsor logos will be displayed on the pod's shell. Silver sponsors will also receive all the benefits of Bronze sponsors.

Bronze $500 - $2,000

Bronze sponsors will be listed as official sponsors on our team website and receive access to the Paradigm Resume Book, a collection of all core team members resumes.

Gifts-In-Kind

Gifts-In-Kind will be counted at an agreed upon monetary value and applied to the tiers above.