The Fast and the Curious

Sac State’s Hornet Hyperloop team among finalists in international competition


ive-and-a-half hours. That’s the average driving time from San Francisco to Los Angeles. What if there was a way to cut it down to a crisp 30 minutes?

It’s the dream scenario the Hornet Hyperloop student team at Sacramento State strives to make a reality with its high-speed transportation pod. The club of 56 students from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and College of Business Administration is one of 24 finalists in the International Hyperloop Competition hosted by SpaceX and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk. In fact, it is the only CSU representative and one of only three from California, edging out universities such as UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego.


The hyperloop concept represents a high-speed ground transportation system and development efforts have picked up the pace since it was revealed in 2013. The competition seeks to legitimize the Hyperloop technology as a commercial mode of transportation.

Team Hornet Hyperloop has worked on the project for two years and appears poised to put its pod to the test during the August finals at SpaceX’s Hyperloop track.

Get to know the pod:

  • Reaches speeds up to 200 miles per hour
  • Consists of three main design parts: Structure, power and controls
  • Measures 13 feet long

Hyperloop system benefits:

  • Immune to weather
  • Low collision risk
  • Twice the speed of a plane
  • Low power-consumption
  • Energy storage for 24 hour applications
Team Hornet Hyperloop needs your support to finish the project. Contact Antoinette Vojtech at (916) 278-4912 or visit to learn how you can get involved.

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