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Forthcoming Announcement and a New Partnership

First, there will be a big announcement regarding the Colorado Hyperloop that will be made public in the next couple of weeks…

Second, a new partnership is formed with InTheLoop – Conversations In The Pod to provide interviews on Youtube of the influencers who will one day be building a Colorado Hyperloop! If you wish to be interviewed, please contact us!

Stay tuned!

July Update on the Colorado Hyperloop & Hyperloop One Global Challenge

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  • Happy 140th Birthday Colorado!

    The Centennial State first joined the union on Aug. 1, 1876 thanks to Proclamation 230, which was signed by President Ulysses S. Grant. The state is named for the Colorado River, which got its name for the ruddy silt Spanish travelers saw in the water.

    Colorado became a territory on Feb. 28. 1861, and has been inhabited by Native Americans for 13,000 years.

    The U.S. Census Bureau estimates 5,456,574 people lived in Colorado as of July 1, 2015 – an 8.5 percent increase since the 2010 census.

    At 104,094 square miles, Colorado is the eighth largest state in terms of land – but ranks 22nd in terms of population.  Via 9News.com

  • Working with other international Hyperloop One Global Challenge groups to see how they are developing their plans and teams.
  • Deciding how use Slack for team communication.
  • Awaiting word that Hyperloop One Global Challenge: “We will be providing you with an opportunity to connect with other registrants in your country or region, if you want to collaborate.”
  • Hyperloop One Global Challenge updated us via email that they are extending the deadline for entries to October 28th.
  • Will break the this website into different project sections, each section focuesed on a hyperloop station per city. This will help visually see the different cities the Colorado Hyperloop will connect and it will help convince interested parties in each city to help with the Global Challenge.

Voting for Colorado Broadband and Colorado Hyperloops

 

Interesting bit of news from the Denver Business Journal today, “Colorado towns vote overwhelmingly for municipal broadband internet.”

Huh. A government provided service that works at the speed of light (or sound)? Go on…

Residents in several small Colorado communities voted by wide margins in Tuesday’s local elections to authorize locally-based municipal high-speed internet services.

Out of nine Colorado communities that voted on muni broadband Tuesday, results were available in five as of Tuesday morning, and all five — Buena Vista, Custer County Westcliffe), Fruita, Silver Cliff and Wellington — voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing local authorities to explore providing internet services. 

Nice! Good for BV, Custer, Fruita, Silver Cliff and Wellington (and more in the future)!

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Colorado counties with the highest and lowest access to broadband, defined by the Federal Communications Commission as speeds of at least 25 megabits-per-second download and 3 Mbps upload. Via Denver Business Journal

So Looking at the map above, the Colorado Hyperloop would go along the front range. Basically it will be in the dark green areas. The above map shows where there is already alot of broadband access. The khaki/tan color are areas without broadband access, and conversely there won’t be a hyperloop anytime soon.

So how can we learn from from this? Well read further in the artcle:

According to the Colorado Municipal League, voters in 36 Colorado cities and towns already had authorized a community-based broadband service prior to Tuesday’s vote, either directly provided by local government or by a third-party vendor.

But many Colorado cities that have approved local broadband have not yet launched such a service.

According to the Municipal League, state law bars communities from running their own high-speed internet service unless local voters specifically authorize it.

So local voters must be won over before a municipal government starts building broadband internet. This will probably be the same case with the hyperloop… even though I am not sure a transportation system like the hyperloop will need such a referendum.

But let’s presume that a Front Range Hyperloop needed a statewide colorado vote (because it was previously determined that Hyperloops are a municipal service!).

If the folks living on the Plains, Mountains or Western Slope vote against the hyperloop, we can remind them of their interest and votes for broadband internet. Because it’s all just a series of tubes, right?

See more of the article here: http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2016/04/06/colorado-towns-vote-overwhelmingly-for-municipal.html

Teams to follow in the SpaceX Pod Competition

These teams have been actively developing community and prototypes for the SpaceX Pod Competition. The SpaceX is helping with a design weekend January 15-16th in Texas, and the final hyperloop competition June of 2016. More posts to come on the teams, as well as updates in how they hyperloop will look like in Colorado, along the front range.

Team HyperLynx

Mechanical Engineering seniors design team at the University of Colorado, Denver will be building a Hyperloop pod and testing it at the Hyperloop competition

EuroLoop

Connecting Europe with the speed of vacuum, A Hyperloop forecast, designed by 10x Labs

rLoop

rLoop is a the non profit, open source, online think tank. Now designing a Hyperloop pod for SpaceX competition

 

Help Hyperloop Design Team of Mechanical Engineeringat University of Colorado

Great news in that a Colorado student engineering group called Team HyperLynx has team for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition! Best of luck! They have received press and you can check out their facebook page.

Our Mechanical Engineering senior design team at the University of Colorado, Denver will be building a Hyperloop pod and testing it at the Hyperloop competition, sponsored by SpaceX, in June 2016, held in Hawthorne, California. The pod will be designed and built at the University of Colorado, Denver by using advanced engineering techniques, supplemented with computer design and analysis.  Our project aims to raise enough money through Kickstarter, private companies, and competition funding to build a prototype Hyperloop pod.

Will be sure to follow their progress, and hopefully provide input from all of Colorado.

They are competing against dozens of other schools and even private companies to make a prototype for SpaceX.

“We use basically magnetic force to launch the pod inside the low pressure tube,” Cooper said…
The challenge for the students is to make their pod the fastest and the safest.

“We are going to design something that does not rely on external power sources or pressure to be safe,” Cooper added.

Aptly called Team Hyperlinx, the group is made up of mechanical engineering seniors

“We are trying to represent Denver, and make our school proud,” Cooper said.