Hi guys, thanks for your encouragement. It looks like I’ve some hard work ahead, no doubt there will be a few cries for help!
If you’re interested, I’ve published some Hyperloop ideas in (http://hyperloopdesign.net). There’s not much real info in the media, and the SpaceX student competition is not very relevant to transportation. Most images show a relatively large tube, which is not commercially feasible.
There is not much choice with the pod shape, which is basically a long cylinder for the passenger hull, but my focus will be to see how small we can get the tube, and what vacuum is required, to get reasonable drag. The tube size has a really big impact on the construction cost of the project.