For this year's SpaceX competition 2019, the ETH Zurich team is working very hardly on a new pod with a new drive system. Again, the pod will include a solution made by GF Casting Solutions. Follow our LinkedIn company page to stay tuned!
Flashback: Pod Mujinga 2018
Last year, the ETH Zurich team sent the Pod “Mujinga” into the competition. “Mujinga” is named after the fastest woman in Switzerland, Mujinga Kambundij (25), athlete. In the competition of the SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the Pod “Mujinga” should reach a speed of 400 km/h. For the competition in Los Angeles, more than 1.000 student teams applied to participate, but only 20 teams were qualified, one of them was Swissloop, which participated for the third time. Despite intensive preparations and a successful testing week on the SpaceX testing area, Swissloop just missed the finals. The reason was a problem with the motor controllers during the vacuum chamber test, which led to a short circuit in the high-performance battery. After several tries to repair the battery, the inner cells were still damaged.