SWAGELOK SPONSORING - SWISSLOOP PROPULSION SYSTEM.
Team Swissloop reached impressive 3th place at SpaceX Hyperloop Competition
“Escher” is the first pod with cold-gas propulsion ever approved by Elon Musk for the test track.
The second “Hyperloop Pod Competition” in Los Angeles was held on 27th of August. The Swagelok sponsored Swiss team Swissloop outperformed the majority of their competitors and achieved the excellent third place.
Swissloop developed a propulsion system in close cooperation with our colleagues from Swagelok Switzerland, a system powered by compressed air. The Swiss Team, which is the very first team with a cold-gas propulsion system appoved by SpaceX, had realistic chances to winning this race. The long waiting time caused by air evacuuation in the vacuum tunnel caused problems with the pod’s batteries. The batteries discharged too fast and Swissloop had to start again with a new set of batteries. At the second attempt Swissloop had to start earlier and couldn’t wait until the low air pressure in the pipe was reached. The higher air resistance hindered full acceleration and the desired speed could not be achieved. After all Swissloop finally pushed forward to the 3th place among hundreds of competitors (27 applicants were invited to the final competition).
As the propulsion main sponsor Swagelok Switzerland is proud to be a part of this amazing adventure and congrats Swissloop for their great achievements.
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