Last weekend, three teams of students from universities around the world at a test track at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The three teams—from Delft University in the Netherlands, the Technical University of Munich, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology—were the top-scoring outfits out of 30 teams that competed for the privilege of testing their pods on the SpaceX track.
Over the past week, those 30 teams participating in the SpaceX Pod Competition subjected their prototype Hyperloop pods to a variety of tests to win the approval of the SpaceX engineers serving as judges. The top three teams got to test their designs on SpaceX's mile-long Hyperloop test track.
Of the three finalists, the Delft team placed first with the best overall score, while the Munich team won the award for the fastest pod. The three teams will compete with each other and additional teams in the . The second phase will focus on top speeds, with every team getting access to the test track.