HAPPY NEW YEAR!

With finals and the holiday break taking up most of December, we decided to hold off on an update until the New Year. From exciting outreach events, to some pretty big internal milestones and a chance to connect with some of our sponsors, the last two months of 2018 were super busy and incredibly exciting

Here’s what we accomplished towards the end of 2018:

The mechanical and electrical teams finished designing their systems and have started fabricating parts. They also completed numerous tests and analyses to ensure that every component and system would perform as well as we need it to. As we move into the New Year, our fabrication process will ramp up so we can start assembling and testing the pod well before competition. Here’s a quick breakdown of what some of the sub-teams are working on:

  • Stability made a lot of progress with the pod’s dynamic model. This proved quite the challenge because we are using a new software called Adams.
  • Analysis continues to work on final FEAs for the mechanical sub-teams.
  • Propulsion, braking, and structural finalized their designs and started the early phases of fabrication and testing with help from many team members.
  • The controls team succeeded in getting the controller area network (CAN) working on a Beaglebone single board computer which will speed up development of the controls system.
  • The software team is making a lot of progress on the dashboard.
  • Both low-voltage and high-voltage have their respective PCBs in the final stages of review.

The operations teams have also been incredibly busy over these past couple months. Our virtual reality team continues work on their simulations and experiences, and the website team is hard at work with site maintenance and development. For finance and industry relations, fundraising efforts continue; building a pod is an expensive endeavor, and we rely on financial and material support from many generous sponsors. The feasibility team continues work on their research into how high-speed transportation like the hyperloop could impact cities and aid in the development of countries around the world. With a new semester coming up at the end of January, outreach and recruiting is looking forward to finding more members to help with the project. They also attended several events for youth in the Madison area towards the end of last year and had a lot of fun sharing our work with them. Finally, the communications team is hard at work on a number of videos that we hope to start releasing in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to our social media channels for more news about that.

We hope you had a happy hyperloopin’ holiday and we wish you all the best in 2019. As always, check back soon for more Badgerloop news, and in the meantime feel free to follow us on social media and look out for opportunities to visit us at outreach events!

Happy looping! #loopislife
We’re back for our second update of competition IV!

 

Badgerloop with kids at the Wisconsin Science Festival

The past month was full of continued work on our next pod design, as well as a couple fun events and some team bonding. Just as we did last year, the Badgerloop team showed off our work to the Madison community during the 2018 Wisconsin Science Festival at the Discovery Building. Hundreds of parents, children, and educators were in attendance to see a variety of STEM-oriented exhibits, demonstrations, and projects. We were lucky enough to be among them and talk about the future of transportation. The team also got together for a bonfire at Picnic Point a couple weeks ago, with former, current, and new members all getting to know one another better!

Here’s what we accomplished in October:

Our technical teams – mechanical and electrical – are working hard to finalize their designs and begin putting them to the test. Over the past month, we dove even further into the details of the design to ensure everything is accounted for. As we inch closer to completing a full pod design, the various technical sub-teams are going through design reviews, double checking analysis, and gearing up for fabrication and eventual testing. With additional experience and a number of lessons learned from previous years, we aim for our fourth pod to be the best yet!

While we work on meeting our monetary fundraising goal, the finance and industry relations teams are prepared for the technical teams to begin construction of the pod in the coming months. Our virtual reality team continues to improve and add to simulations, including a look at what a ride in a complete hyperloop system might look like. Meanwhile, the communications team and feasibility team have begun work on some really cool projects that we hope to share down the road.

We’ll be back again next month with more Badgerloop news, but in the meantime feel free to follow us on social media and look out for opportunities to visit us at outreach events!

Happy looping! #loopislife
Happy fall everyone!

 

Now that we’re over a month into our work for competition IV and right in the midst of midterms, the team thought it would be nice to provide an update on our progress thus far. Going forward, we’ll also try to provide progress updates at the beginning of each month.

Here’s what we’ve been up to in September:

Over the past month, the Electrical and Mechanical Teams have been working on our new pod design. In some cases, this involves small tests such as fabricating a scaled down pressure vessel or testing a new carbon fiber mold. Moving forward, we are diving further into detailed sub-system designs and decisions regarding the pod’s functionality. Our goal is to design robust systems that are easy to manufacture, integrate, and test. Everything is coming together nicely.

On the Operations Team side, we’ve continued our fundraising efforts as always. Building a hyperloop pod is not cheap, and everyone is reaching out to potential sponsors to ensure we can afford materials and other necessary elements for the competition. We also have a brand-new website courtesy of the aptly named Website Team and their team lead Liam! The  new site is still a work in progress, but we are super excited about the opportunities it will afford us. Finally, we would like to extend a welcome to all the new members who joined Badgerloop at the onset of the fall semester. Recruiting and onboarding new members is a team-wide task, and everyone is looking forward to working together as we endeavor to build our best pod yet!

That’s about it for now. Keep an eye on the website and all our social media for more news. We’ll be back with more updates next month, but in the meantime, you can catch our Outreach and Virtual Reality Teams – as well as pod III – at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery this weekend for the 2018 Wisconsin Science Festival.

Let’s #breakapod!