The technology of the future in transportation; Considered as the 5th generation after land, air, sea and rail transportation systems, Hyperloop was the subject of a competition for the first time in Turkey. Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank attended the final and award ceremony of the competition held on August 19 under the coordination of TUBITAK Rail Transport Technologies Institute (RUTE).
Within the scope of TEKNOFEST, the world’s largest aviation, space and technology festival, the Hyperloop Development Competition was held for the first time among university students this year. Hyperloop technology, brought to the agenda by Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX and Tesla Motor companies, is based on the fact that wheelless vehicles travel at levels close to the speed of sound. Minister Varank also attended the final day and award ceremony of the competition held at TÜBİTAK Gebze Campus. Varank, who examined the stands of 16 teams that competed with their vehicles for 4 days, asked questions about the vehicles, followed the final stage of the competition, and signed the vehicles upon their demands.
Those who want to do research in the field of hyperloop in Turkey will be able to use the infrastructure
Noting that they have established a very serious infrastructure for hyperloop races, Varank stated that they race the vehicles developed by the students with 208-meter-long vacuum tunnels. Stating that similar events were held in Europe and America, Varank said, “This infrastructure that we have established is one of the best infrastructures in Europe, even close to its counterparts in Europe and America. It is really a pleasure and pride for us to organize such a competition and enable our young friends to work and research in the technologies of the future. We have created a nice synergy here,” he said. Underlining that many companies from the private sector, as well as TÜBİTAK RUTE, TCDD, BOTAŞ and the Turkish Energy, Nuclear and Mining Research Institute, support the races, Varank said, “This infrastructure in the Gebze Campus will be permanent. Our professors, students and companies who want to do research in the field of hyperloop in Turkey will be able to use this infrastructure. We will create workshops for young people. We will carry our country to the position it deserves in Hyperloop technology and in the field of new generation transportation. From here, I make a call to Turkey and the world; If you want to work on hyperloop development, then come to Turkey, come to Gebze, come to TUBITAK. Turkey will be one of the most advanced countries in hyperloop,” he said.
Awards will be given at TEKNOFEST Black Sea
Minister Mustafa Varank, President of TUBITAK Prof. Dr. Together with Hasan Mandal and TCDD General Manager Hasan Pezük, the teams participating in the competition were awarded in the categories of ‘best team spirit’, ‘special jury’, ‘special’, ‘best scenario’, ‘visual design’, ‘technology demonstration’ and ‘technical design’. gave the awards. Minister Varank increased the participation award from 10 thousand liras to 20 thousand liras for each team. The competition is organized for the first time this year with the support of TEKNOFEST, Turkey Technology Team, TÜBİTAK RUTE, TCDD, ERCİYAS, Yapı Merkezi, BOTAŞ, TENMAK, TÜRASAŞ and Numesys. The top 3 teams in the competition will receive their awards at TEKNOFEST Black Sea, which will be held in Samsun on 30 August-4 September.