TUM Hyperloop is entering the race with a new prototype

In July the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will be competing for the fourth time against international competitors in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition with their own passenger capsule for the planned high-speed train. After achieving speed records in previous years, they wish to outstrip them with an improved prototype.

Hyperloop Rollout

Hyperloop Rollout (Image: Andreas Heddergott / TUM)

Last preparations prior to completion of Hyperloop 2019

from left to right: William Bittner, Sebastian Rink, Filip Milikić, Lisa Küpper, Ana Eloisa Garcia, Kiran SK, Archishman Roy (Image: Andreas Heddergott / TUM)

At least half of the speed of sound, more than 600 kilometres per hour. That is the speed at which the TUM students' fourth pod now being presented is intended to travel through the tube. This is completely realistic: The previous model won last year as the fastest capsule, travelling at a speed of 467 kl/h which in itself was a substantial increase on the previous year (2017, 324 km/h).

The prototype, built in UnternehmerTUM's MakerSpace, weighs 70 kg, around 8 kg less than the previous one, and has also be improved in numerous other areas. On 21 July, the students will be competing for the first time using the name TUM Hyperloop and not as previously WARR Hyperloop. The team, which was originally part of the WARR student group, is now part of the newly-founded association, NEXT Prototypes.

The competition was set up by the SpaceX founder, Elon Musk who has the vision of a 'hyperloop', a tube through which people will one day be able to travel at a speed approaching that of sound. Since 2016 the Hyperloop Pod Competition has been taking place in Los Angeles with international participants.

For TUM press release see:
www.tum.de/nc/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/details/35505/

TUM Hyperloop website:
tumhyperloop.de

Further news on the WARR Hyperloop:
The WARR team wins a new speed record
WARR team presents the new Hyperloop pod
VisionAwards for Air Taxi and Hyperloop Capsule
The WARR Hyperloop Team wins at the Hyperloop Pod Competition Finals
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