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SpaceX Hyperloop pod competition held at Texas A&M


More than 100 teams will gather in College Station for a pod design competition over Friday and Saturday.

The Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M is hosting the event in conjunction with SpaceX.

Thousands of students from 20 countries are looking to impress SpaceX with their designs for pods that would make travel faster by carrying passengers on a Hyperloop track.

"This event it's probably the first time in history that an event like this has happened. Where a group of students, a very smart, very diverse group, are all gathered under one roof to innovate... to possibly lay the foundation for a new mode of transport," said Dr. Steve Davis, Director of Advanced Projects at SpaceX.

In 2013, the McGregor-based aerospace company's CEO, Elon Musk, outlined his idea for a transit system that would theoretically move as fast as 800 miles per hour.

Judges will look at each teams design, and then decide which pods will be tested on a one-mile test track near SpaceX's Hawthorne, California headquarters  in the summer of 2016.

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