Well, we never really left, but we've been so busy finalizing our design that we forgot to update our website in the process. Here's where we stand as of now, for those of you who are curious:
We made it through design weekend! Hyperloop @ USC was 1 of 28 student teams to advance through design weekend and given the chance to actually build the pod. We refined our design to fix our braking system and gap height with the air casters, gaining one of the wildcard slots. We were (and are) extremely excited for this opportunity, and the work hasn't stopped since. The design refinement pushed us into the end of the semester and up through the summer.
Facing some strict deadlines, we underwent another redesign. We originally were using air levitation on our pod with a series of air casters providing a cushion of air on which the pod could effectively float. As a new semester started and new members with fresh insight joined the team, the design changed to one with wheels instead. Our goal is to traverse the test track as fast as possible, as safe as possible, in a semi-autonomous electric vehicle.
We are excited to say that this final design is well on its way to completion, and build should be starting soon. Stay tuned for more updates.
Break a pod!