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SpaceX delays its Hyperloop competition until next year

It was supposed to take place later this summer.

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Contestants in SpaceX's upcoming hyperloop pod competition now have some extra time to prepare their entries. The Elon Musk-owned company announced on Friday that the design contest will be moved back to late January, 2017. This decision comes in response to requests from multiple independent and student-led teams asking for additional time to better refine their submissions. 22 groups in all are competing in this second round, down from 115 initial applicants. The competition will be held along a one-mile test track set up in Hawthorne, CA, come January. Should the technology come to fruition, travellers may one day be able to get from Europe to China in a fraction of the time and cost of conventional high-speed rail.