SpaceX founder, Elon Musk's ambitious vision is to transport passengers through a tube at a speed almost reaching that of sound. Since 2016 student teams from the whole world have been taking part with their own prototypes in the Hyperloop Pod Competition set up by the entrepreneur.
In the last two years, the student working group, WARR at the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering won the competition. Their aim this year is to again send the fastest pod onto the test track when the next races take place on 22 July near Los Angeles.
The recently presented third WARR prototype, which like its predecessors was built in UnternehmerTUM's MakerSpace workshop in Garching, has been significantly optimised with regard to weight, length and performance: In 2017 the Munich team won the prize for the fastest journey with 324 km/h – the new model is expected to accelerate to a speed of 600 km/h.
The student initiative WARR (Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Raketentechnik und Raumfahrt) is a scientific working group that has been active since 1962 at the TUM in the area of rocketry and space flight.
For TUM interview with Gabriele Semino, the WARR team leader, see:
WARR Hyperloop website:
WARR Hyperloop videos on Youtube:
Further news on WARR Hyperloop:
TUM WARR-Team gewinnt zweite Hyperloop-Pod-Competition (in German)
VisionAwards for Air Taxi and Hyperloop Capsule
The WARR Hyperloop Team wins at the Hyperloop Pod Competition Finals
4. Juli, 19 Uhr: Hyperloop wird enthüllt (in German)