Hyperloop Archive

Badgerloop has been in the Hyperloop competition from the beginning, and has seen many successes and failures over the past competitions. Read on to learn more about past pods, design weekends, and competitions!

Our History:


  • Badgerloop Formed

    Within days of the competition announcement, a group of UW-Madison students joined together to form what is now Badgerloop. These students were highly motivated by the innovative challenge of creating a new mode of transportation. Utilizing any resources they were able to gather, they began planning for the first Hyperloop competition, the Design Weekend at Texas A&M.

  • Competition I - Design Weekend

    Badgerloop designed and created a few system prototypes to take to Design Weekend (held at Texas A&M). Not knowing what the other 127 teams would be bringing forced us to think creatively about prototypes we wanted to show off. Our hard work paid off as we took third place next to MIT and Delft of the Netherlands. As soon as the competition was over we came back to campus and started building our actual pod design.

  • Competition I - Test Track Runs

    One year later we drove across the country from Wisconsin to California to compete with our finalized pod. After working around the clock for many months leading up to the competition we were honored to advance to compete next to 25 other teams. Due to technical complications, our pod was not able to test on the track, but we still impressed the judges and took home one of two Innovation Awards! Also, we were the only pod that Elon Musk sat in.

  • Competition II

    Building on the knowledge of the first competition, we quickly got to work designing our new pod for the second competition. In half the time as Competition I, we submitted a design, got it approved, and got selected to be one of 25 teams to compete at the California competition. We fabricated a more simple pod with the goal of being the fastest. With great effort we built a fast, sleek, and functional pod that won us our second Innovation Award!

  • Competition III

    For Competition III, we set our sights on making it into the vacuum tube (only six teams have ever done this) therefore prioritizing a functional pod over a revolutionary design. Despite challenges during testing week, we were one of four teams selected to present our design to the other teams, media, and other attendees.

Pod 1

Fall 2015 - Spring 2017

One of 120 out of 700 teams to be invited to "Design Weekend" in January 2016

Placed 3rd at Design Weekend to be invited to "Competition Weekend" in January 2017

Received the Innovation Award from SpaceX for our unique design

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Pod 2

Spring 2017 - Fall 2017

One of 24 teams selected to compete at the 2nd competition in August 2017

Placed as one of the top 7 teams in the world at the competition

Received the Innovation Award from SpaceX for our unique design

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Pod 3

Fall 2017 - Summer 2018

One of 20 designs that advanced to the third competition in Hawthorne on July 15th-22nd, 2018

Became one of only nine teams in the world to be invited to all 3 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

One of four teams chosen by SpaceX to present our pod design to the public

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Pod 4

Fall 2018 - Summer 2019

One of 19 designs that advanced to the fourth competition in Hawthorne on July 16-21th, 2019

Selected to give a presentation to attendees of the competition, and participated in a Q&A with Elon Musk

Came closer than ever to getting a run in the tube, just barely running out of time during Testing Week

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