Team Codex from the engineering department presented the latest developments for its student-designed Hyperloop pod last week at an engineering seminar. The small eight-person team was one of 30 university teams selected for an international opportunity with SpaceX to develop different aspects of the proposed Hyperloop transportation system last semester. Team Codex is rapidly approaching the construction phase for their pod, set to be tested in January 2017.
“The project is kind of the pride and joy of the engineering department right now,” said Emily Dzurilla, donated $65,000 to the team, which has since grown to 34 members.
Team Codex is thrilled to represent ORU at the competition in Hawthorne, California next year.
“We’re at a Christian university that puts a lot of focus on missions and giving, but the [original] idea is to send people to every man’s world to address every aspect of their need, and engineering is a method of sending spirit-empowered people to focus on the development of technology in every area,” Dzurilla said.
Dzurilla joined the team in March, taking over for Brandon Braun after he (and half of the team at the time) graduated in May. The original team Codex left behind a legacy ready to be continued.
“The design was really conceptual, which was a great place to start,” said Dzurilla. “From that we developed a 75-page design brief that was submitted to our mentors at SpaceX.”
The team has been busy since the summer testing structures for the levitation and braking, developing C++ programming specific to the unit, and designing control systems to manage the different programs. As soon as the design brief is approved, Codex will begin construction of the pod.
“Basically everything that can be will be made here on campus in the machine room in the Graduate Center,” Dzurilla said.
The frictionless travel proposal could cut commuting time between Los Angeles and San Francisco in half, utilizing a vacuum-sealed tube and a pod moving at the speed of sound (767 mph).
“It’s really great to be involved in [Team Codex]. It isn’t like a normal project where you work on one thing; here you get to see how it all works together and what the final product is worth,” Dzurilla said.
The original Team Codex initiated fundraising campaigns and built relationships with companies in Tulsa willing to donate the use of machinery, facilities, and materials. The ORU Alumni Association