BitFlow, Inc., a global innovator of frame grabbers for industrial, scientific and military vision systems, today announced it will sponsor the Purdue University Hyperloop team for a second year as it competes in Hyperloop Pod Competition II. The Purdue team made a solid showing at the first Hyperloop competition this January in held at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA, finishing 7th out of a field of 27 universities. The team spent the Spring semester refining its original pod in preparation for the second competition set for August 25-27, 2017.
"We are proud to again sponsor Purdue's team as they tackle one of most challenging engineering problems facing the world: developing a high-speed transportation system that is safe, extremely fuel efficient and has little or no impact on the environment," said Donal Waide, Director of Sales & Marketing for BitFlow. "Hyperloop competition is an invaluable experience for students to jump into a major engineering project and make a lasting contribution to its success."
As it did in the first generation of its pod, the Purdue will be incorporating a BitFlow Axion-CL™ Camera Link frame grabber as part of a high resolution video-based location finder. The frame grabber greatly simplifies the multiple camera set-up by appearing in software as two completely independent frame grabbers, rather than a single unit.
Aimed at university students, the Hyperloop Pod Competition was created to find the best, fastest pod design for a Hyperloop transportation system. The primary goal of the Hyperloop Pod Competition is to produce a fail-safe, passenger-friendly, scalable prototype that successfully levitates throughout the length of the track. Envisioned by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, the Hyperloop would be a mode of transportation that would propel passengers and/or cargo in a pod-like vehicle through a near-vacuum tube.