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We sat down with Mechanical Engineering freshman Alex Robbins and junior Leann Scott to discuss this year’s SpaceX Hyper Loop competition and how the AZLoop team is preparing. 

Every year, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla holds a competition open to universities to design and build the best pod to fit his Hyper Loop project. The Hyper Loop project is a plan to revolutionize public transportation and create an easy to use, incredibly fast, and affordable method of long distance travel. 

Robbins and Scott discuss their experience from last year and their plans for the upcoming competition this fall. Last year, the AZLoop team took home 8th place and competed against 19 other teams from across the globe. 

This year, over 300 teams entered the competition and ASU’s own earned their spot in the top 20. With their experience from last year, they are confident in their abilities for the August competition. The AZLoop team is set to use all summer to perfect their entry. With luck, ASU may be the future of public transportation.

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