We are Team DiggerLoop, one of 24 teams (out of more than 1,000 that initially entered the competition) that advanced to the final stage of the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition II and competed in August 2017! We are anxious to return to California in Summer 2018 to compete in the Hyperloop III Competition, but we can’t do that without your help! Under the review of SpaceX, we are redesigning and testing our pod to ensure that we are a competitive team at the upcoming competition and come home with the Hyperloop III Trophy!
Team DiggerLoop’s goal is to have the top-performing pod design in the competition, while providing an incredible educational experience for the Mines students and helping to develop a transportation system that could potentially change the future. Our students are working on propulsion, braking, chassis, power and control systems, which provide them with engineering and professional skills for their future careers. We are partnering with industry experts, such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, to ensure the safety of our systems. We are excited about and appreciative of this opportunity to compete again!
Last year, the university and our college, the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences, graciously supported our team as it advanced a theoretical design to the physical pod, pictured on the next page. This year, the pod redesign, fabrication and testing is estimated at $50,000. If our team advances to the final round, as we did in Spring 2017, we will need an additional $20,000 for travel.
This year, we are asking for sponsorships to ensure the success of our project. Sponsorship levels are noted on the following page, along with more information about the competition, and we would greatly appreciate any financial support you can provide. Higher sponsorship levels will guarantee your company logo is displayed on our pod’s shell, which will be highly visible both at the competition and in the local and national media. Team DiggerLoop would be honored to have your support as we work towards our dream.
We hope you are interested in becoming a part of our team and joining in our journey to success. To discuss your possible contribution, please contact the project managers or the faculty advisor. If you want more information on the team, please visit our website at www.diggerloop.com. Thank you in advance for your support!
With warm regards,
Tyler Evans Project Manager email@example.com
Alexandra Joseph Project Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Kristine Csavina Faculty Advisor email@example.com 303-384-2146
If you are interested in supporting our team but would like to discuss other options, please send us an
email or call us at the contact information on the previous page. Donations can be made directly online at
www.giving.mines.edu. Once the donation amount is entered, please select OTHER as your designation
and indicate that the funds should be directed to the Capstone Design SpaceX Hyperloop Team.
Please contact Dr. Csavina for any check donations.
History of the Hyperloop Competition
On August 12, 2013, Elon Musk released a white paper on the Hyperloop, his concept of a high-speed
ground transport system of the future. In order to accelerate the development of a functional prototype
and to encourage student innovation, SpaceX announced a Hyperloop Pod Competition in 2016 to design
and build a half-scale Hyperloop Pod. This year SpaceX challenges teams to develop a propulsion system
to gain a maximum speed coupled with a fail-safe braking system. As part of our engineering senior design experience at Colorado School of Mines, we formed a team of 22 highly motivated individuals to compete against other universities across the world. Below is the team picture from the 2016–2017 competition in Hawthorne, CA. This year’s team intends to return next summer with an advanced design and the winning pod!
Team DiggerLoop at the Hyperloop II Competition in Hawthorne, CA