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Hyperloop – Technical University of Munich

Projects with Universities / Universities of Applied Sciences

Hyperloop – Technical University of Munich

Hyperloop – Technical University of Munich

Projects with Universities / Universities of Applied Sciences

Hyperloop – Technical University of Munich

Hyperloop – Technical University of Munich

Projects with Universities / Universities of Applied Sciences

Hyperloop – Technical University of Munich

Hyperloop – Technical University of Munich

Projects with Universities / Universities of Applied Sciences

Hyperloop – Technical University of Munich

Hyperloop – Technical University of Munich

Projects with Universities / Universities of Applied Sciences

Hyperloop – Technical University of Munich

Project Description

With his hyperloop idea, Elon Musk wants to revolutionize mass transport.

The concept involves travel pods speeding through tubes at 1,200 km/h. The company Hyperloop One, based in Los Angeles, wants to develop the fastest pods. The Hyperloop is a mix between a magnetic levitation train and a hovercraft.

Hyperloop One successfully tested the propulsion for the planned futuristic tube transport system for the first time in the Nevada desert in May 2016. During this test, a type of oversized sledge with an electromagnetic drive was accelerated on rails to a speed of approx. 160 km/h within one second. The vehicle was then stopped by a sand wall, as the brake system was not yet completed. The system is still a long way off from sending a pod through a vacuum tube. Just as far off is the envisaged speed of 1,200 km/h – that would almost be the speed of sound.

Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal and the space company SpaceX, does not own the company Hyperloop One, however – he is “simply” the provider of the idea. To drive forward his Hyperloop project, he organized a design competition in which initially over 120 teams with a total of around 1,000 technology students from around the world took part.

The winner of the first competition in January 2017 was the Hyperloop team of the Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Space Flight (WARR) at the Technical University of Munich. And the students at the Technical University of Munich also won the second contest at the end of August 2017, with the Hyperloop Pod II outpacing the competition. During the second round of the contest, more than twenty teams from around the world competed against each other at the company premises of SpaceX in Los Angeles. The aim was to find the pod that could travel fastest on a rail through the test vacuum tube. At 324 km/h, the WARR Hyperloop team from Munich emerged as the clear winner.

In 2018, the Frank Hirschvogel Foundation began providing financial support to the innovative and successful WARR Hyperloop team.

Project details

Topic: Projects at universities / universities of applied sciences

Age category: All semesters

Venue: Universities, universities of applied sciences or at companies

Duration: 3 months - 3 years

Participation requirements: Project team with up to 50 students