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Hornet Hyperloop: Students on fast track in transportation tech

Hornet Hyperloop Sacramento State is on a world-class fast track to design the transportation technology of the future.

Hornet Hyperloop, a team of 56 engineering and business students, is among groups from 24 universities around the world joining in the 2017 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition II. Billionaire engineer and inventor Elon Musk has challenged students to design and build half-scale pods that will provide “terrestrial transportation” at more than 200 mph for people and freight.

“We are extremely excited to be part of this prestigious competition and to be among the best engineering schools in the world,” says Paul Orozco, team captain. Hornet Hyperloop will construct its vehicle over the summer and unveil it publicly in Sacramento before heading to Southern California for the competition in late August. Other U.S. universities competing include Princeton, Purdue, and Virginia Tech.

Dean Lorenzo Smith of Sac State’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has confidence in Hornet Hyperloop, which already has passed through design phases that eliminated many university teams. “Not only are these students rock-solid in their understanding of engineering principles,” he says, “but they are battle-tested, creative, and fearless.”
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