What is hyperloop? Hyperloop is an ultra-high-speed ground transportation system for passenger and cargo – proposed as a concept by Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, a couple of years ago.
The hyperloop system consists of a network of tubes, connecting mobility hubs around the world, with pods traveling at ultra-high speeds in a vacuum. The low-pressure environment ensures energy-efficient operation thanks to low aerodynamic drag. Contactless magnetic levitation and propulsion systems enable a comfortable and silent passenger experience. Hyperloop combines the key benefits of speed and flexibility, comfort and safety as well as sustainability.
TUM Hyperloop successfully performed the first passenger ride under vacuum conditions on July 10, 2023.
According to a planned procedure, the demonstrator’s high-performance pumps created a partial vacuum of ten millibars inside the concrete tube, creating the ideal conditions for the first ride. Hovering and propulsion systems were activated and accelerated the manned vehicle through the test segment without contact in an almost airless space.
The operations control center checked all the necessary parameters during the entire journey and carried out the certified test procedure. The two passengers were thus the first in Europe to get a first impression of the mobility solution of the future.
TUM Hyperloop is a research and development program based near Munich that develops the technology to make convenient and sustainable ultra-high-speed transportation a reality. Currently, our team is designing and building Europe’s first hyperloop demonstrator in passenger size – a first segment to evaluate and prove the working principle of all key technologies required for making the system market-ready.
The program grew out of a student initiative, founded to develop and build prototypes in order to compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competitions. Between 2015 and 2019 our team won all four editions of the global competition against teams from renowned institutions around the world. Throughout our journey, the extensive experience we gathered in the field of ultra-high-speed ground transportation informs and shapes the key technologies that are crucial to now make our technology demonstrator a success.
We develop the technology for ultra-fast, emission-free, and effortless connections between mobility hubs.
We develop the next generation of transportation.
The TUM Hyperloop Accelerator is the next exciting phase of hyperloop development, pushing its testing to new lengths. Whereas our demonstrator proves the technological core elements of the hyperloop system, the accelerator is geared towards bringing the technology to operational readiness. Our next big project is the construction of a test track over a distance of approximately one kilometer. This track will provide a platform to certify all key elements required for future hyperloop operations. It will be the first time we test our hyperloop’s high-speed capabilities and adapt its systems for curves, inclines, intersections and gates – all crucial to make our hyperloop ready for passenger transportation.
For TUM Hyperloop, the accelerator represents a major leap forward in the quest for ultra-fast, emission-free, and effortless transportation. While currently in its planning state, this project’s successful implementation will bring us one step closer in refining the technology needed to bring hyperloop to the masses.
Hyperloop is an ultra-high-speed ground transportation system for passenger and cargo proposed as a concept by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, in a white paper back in 2013. It consists of partially evacuated tubes and passenger or cargo pods moving at very high speeds.
The hyperloop system consists of sealed and partially evacuated tubes, connecting mobility hubs in large metropolitan areas, and pressurized vehicles, usually called pods, which can move at very high speeds, thanks to contactless levitation and propulsion systems as well as to the low aerodynamic drag.
Thanks to the ultra-high speeds of the hyperloop system the door-to-door travel time on medium-range distances can be considerably reduced compared to current connections. Moreover, with fully-electric operations the system aims at being climate-neutral.