SPL supports Swissloop

Since about half a year SPL supports Swissloop on their work of their propulsion system.  Last weekend of 22. July 2017 we pressure-tested the system. Pressure and leakage tests went well. The weekend of 29. July 2017 a full thrust test on one of our thrust test stands was conducted.

Catch the roll out live on their Facebook Stream from on Thursday 27.07.17 at 18:00 CEST! Today, they got the invitation from SpaceX to be part of the competition end of August!

Some media coverage of the roll out:

The Swissloop team at the roll out 27. July 2017 in the ETH main building

The Swissloop team at the roll out 27. July 2017 in the ETH main building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally SPL’s logo appears on the pod 🙂 Thanks!

Test run of the rocket system [Update 29. July 2017]

Today we tested Swissloop’s rocket system (Leakage and pressure testing happened a week ago). No details form our side, because the results are proprietary. But we had a lot of fun!

Infrared picture from the ice cold tubes and nozzles afer the tests.

Infrared picture from the ice cold tubes and nozzles afer the tests.

Sitting the guys from Swissloop: Chris Timperio, Manuel (?), Daniel Kaufmann Standing Hu. Ammann and Bruno Berger both SPL

Sitting the guys from Swissloop: Chris Timperio, Manuel (?), Daniel Kaufmann
Standing Hu. Ammann and Bruno Berger both SPL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A video of the pressure and thrust testing (Via Facebook) [Update 5. August 2017]

SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

Swissloop is a team of 40 physics, mathematics, electrical-, mechanical- and civil engineering students at the ETH Zurich that is complemented by design and business students from Switzerland. Their objective is to design and build a prototype for this new kind of ground transportation: the Hyperloop.
SpaceX, a private space company based in Hawthorne, California, is currently running a competition for universities around the world to design, build and race pod prototypes of the Hyperloop. The company has already built a 1.25km-long test track for this purpose. The competition is divided into three stages: two design stages, a preliminary draft design submitted in November 2016 and a detailed build-ready design to be submitted in February 2017. Swissloop’s objective is simple: build the fastest pod that has to successfully accelerate and decelerate within the limits of the test track in summer 2017.

Tags: SpaceX, Hyperloop, Swissloop