MIT Hyperloop Team Named 2020 Edison Awards Finalist

Mar 11, 2020 4:25 PM ET

CENTENIAL, Colo., March 11, 2020 /3BL Media/ – A team of MIT students has been named a finalist for the 2020 Edison Best New Product Award for Hyperloop II – the only Hyperloop contest entry levitated on a thin layer of air. Arrow Electronics provided engineering mentorship, components sourcing and logistics support as part of its team sponsorship. 

Forty students from six academic programs collaborated to design and demonstrate the Hyperloop II, a high-speed, frictionless vehicle designed to carry people or freight using air levitation technology. Unlike other Hyperloop vehicles that require a dedicated track or vacuum tube, the MIT team’s model only needs a flat surface and doesn’t rely on expensive magnetic systems to power its levitation. 

Hyperloop II was the only fully functioning air levitating prototype in the 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, which showcases new transportation modes. The team placed fifth overall and captured the innovation prize – a noteworthy accomplishment given that the team had to rapidly rebuilt its vehicle after a fire destroyed the original prototype.

The Edison Awards, named after Thomas Alva Edison, recognize and honor the world’s best innovators and innovations. This year’s finalists were chosen by 3,000 innovation leaders from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education, including professional organizations representing a wide variety of industries and disciplines. The Edison Awards will announce gold, silver and bronze award winners the week of March 16, 2020. 

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