UMd's Nemesis Hopes to Lead Hyperloop Development for DC

University of Maryland students will be competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in California later this month.

The team’s Nemesis pod hoped to advance the hyperloop concept for long-distance, high-speed transportation system of people and cargo at 700 mph. The pod uses magnetic levitation to achieve the high speeds.

The students will take Nemesis to the test track in California to see how their design performs.

"It is a phenomenal feeling,” said Mike Rennie, a junior at the University of Maryland. “It makes me shake with happiness every time I think about what we're going to do, especially now that we have it finished and ready to ship it out."

The August competition follows an announcement by Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla and the originator of Hyperloop concept, that his Boring Company received verbal government approval to build an underground transportation system that would enable travelers to make the trip from New York City to Washington, D.C., in 29 minutes. 

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