Berkeley Hyperloop places an emphasis on safety and scalability in our design. We have taken on the major technical challenges of building a Hyperloop pod by implementing a fail-safe braking system, levitation, and full cabin pressurization. We continue to push the boundaries of modern transportation technology.
Our dual-walled monocoque structure is designed to maintain constant cabin pressure even in the event of a puncture. Our suspension system minimizes turbulence for the passengers, ensuring a stable ride environment. Our initial prototype will be fabricated with bent aluminum plating on our aluminum frame. However, our final build, which we will take to SpaceX in January, will be made of carbon fiber, allowing for a sleeker, faster design.
Our base package includes the hardware required for braking, pod levitation, and lateral control mechanisms. By using electromagnetic eddy current brakes, we can precisely and instantaneously alter our braking force without any contact between the pod and the tube.
With its system of neodymium Halbach arrays, our pod will levitate 10mm above an aluminum track, thus eliminating friction from the track. Our implementation of this passive magnetic levitation system is particularly important for Hyperloop, as it allows the pod to consistently hover while moving at high speeds.