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 is a research and development program based in Munich’s Isar Valley 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 passenger-size demonstrator – a 24-meter-long test segment to evaluate and prove the working principle of all key technologies needed 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 student teams from renowned institutions around the world such as MIT, Delft University of Technology, and ETH Zurich. 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.
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.