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!