take a peek inside the pod
POD Exploded View
The lighter you are the faster you go! So we chose to make the pod's shell using carbon fibre for its high strength to weight ratio. This shell with its slender shape has an aerodynamic drag of just 10N at a speed of 220mph. To give you a better idea, that's less than the weight of a tiny Chihuahua. A tesla Model S going at that speed would experience a drag force which is 350 times higher! This here is the secret ( half of it at least ) of how our Hyperloop pod is able to maintain extremely high speeds without spending a lot of energy.
Friction and vibrations are the second part of the puzzle when it comes to high speed transportation. While a purely wheel based system is good enough for low speeds, the maintenance costs become prohibitive as one goes faster. Our state of the art levitation system is designed to support the pod at all speeds ranging from 0 to 220 mph with the minimal resistance to its motion at all times. The image of butter gliding across a hot pan comes to my mind, and that exactly how its going to feel once you sit in this beauty. Fasten your seat belts !! The journey begins soon.
With great power comes great responsibility and with great speeds comes greater instability ! The bi-module stability system on our pod however, is a passive magnetic setup that counters lateral vibrations like a boss. At Carnegie Mellon Hyperloop, we believe simplicity is a king and so we designed this system without using active control elements that can be unreliable. Think of this system as flanged wheel on a metallic rail but with no wheels at all, just magnets. These modules will keep the pod centered and secure in every scenario possible and some impossible ones as well.
Crash dummies are destined to crash someday, but we love the one we have. In the noble interest of extending its lifespan, we designed a robust braking system that will simply never fail.
The pod uses a carefully optimized combination of non contact magneti braking on the track and friction pads on its wheels to achieve surprisingly short braking distances. Rain or no rain , these brakes will bring down the pod from top speed ( 220 mph ) to a screeching halt within 10 seconds. Something a plane could never do.