Escher, our 2017 pod features propulsion by compressed air that exits the vehicle at low temperatures and provides a rocket-like acceleration upon expansion at the nozzles. The system has been tested with pressures of more than 200 bar.
The permanent magnets for levitation reside in the vehicle's skis to lower the center of gravity. We designed a braking system reliant on hydraulic pressure, that is able to brake the pod safely at speeds of up to 400 km/h. The two stabilising subunits consist of two dampened wheels that provide lateral stability to the pod.
Escher competed in the second installment of SpaceX's Hyperloop Pod Competition and reached third place, out of 1'200 competitors - yeah!