Transit Systems Overview

Hornet Hyperloop design philosophy of simplicity and robustness caused us to simplify the power design side by significantly reducing the power consumption of the pod. Below are each of the forms of mechanical work on that go into the Hornet Pod.

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The passive levitation system uses rare earth permanent magnet cubes to levitate. A steel back-plate focuses the magnetic field downward, creating an induced circuit with an opposing magnetic field.

This system has been found to be very effective, and preparations are in order to have physical testing soon!


The Hornet’s braking is accomplished by eddy current magnetic braking, utilizing the electromagnetic force created between the permanent magnets and the conductive Aluminum rail. These brakes will allow the pod to slow from high speeds, down to a few miles per hour, at which point mechanical brakes will bring the pod to a stop.
This braking system minimizes both the distance needed to stop the pod, as well as the heat dissipated into the pod’s brakes.


Deployable wheels will be used to provide vertical support of the pod while not levitating, yet allow the wheels to be retracted during levitation. These wheels will also allow for integration of the mechanical brakes and the service propulsion.