Hackathon pairs MU engineering students, Hyperloop One officials

More than 100 University of Missouri engineering students gathered Thursday night to meet with representatives from Virgin Hyperloop One to discuss ideas for constructing the company’s high-speed transit system.

MU is the first university in the U.S. at which representatives from Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One have collaborated with students, according to school officials.

The Hyperloop One would use electric propulsion and magnetic levitation to propel podlike vehicles through giant tubes, according to the company. Hyperloop One has touted the possibility of travel between Kansas City and St. Louis in around 35 minutes.

Missouri is one of several locations vying to become the site of an early Hyperloop route.

Company representatives said Thursday that Hyperloop One aims to have an operating system in place by the mid 2020s.

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