BY ELON MUSK
The Hyperloop is a new transportation concept: a high-speed train that travels in a near-vacuum tube. The reduced air resistance allows the capsule inside the tube to reach speeds of more than 1000 km/h. Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, suggested the idea in 2013.
To keep the concept as open as possible and enable faster innovation of the idea, SpaceX holds an annual competition for the most advanced capsule. Student teams from all over the world compete with their designs and prototypes. The finalist are invited to demonstrate their capsule at the Headquarters of SpaceX in Hawthorn, California, within a 1.25 km long test tube.
The WARR is the Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Spaceflight, a group from the TU Munich that has been developing rockets and satellites since 1962. With their Rocketry department, WARR was happy to apply when SpaceX announced the Hyperloop student competition back in 2015.
WARR Hyperloop was founded in 2015. The team consists and is organised exclusively by students of TUM from a wide range of academic disciplines, and brings together different nationalities.
JANUARY 27-29, 2017
At the first SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in January 2017, the pod from WARR – the only finalist to feature a compressor – won the main price as the fastest pod.
AUGUST 25 -27, 2017
In the second iteration for the competition in August 2017, WARR Hyperloop built something completely different: smaller, lighter—and much, much faster.
UPDATE: OUR POD REACHED 324 km/h AND WON THE PRIZE FOR THE FASTEST POD
Having recruited some great new students, WARR once again passed through both the preliminary and final design stages of the competition and is on the line-up for the LA weekend in August. The final stage, which required submission of a detailed technical document, took place in February 2017, shortly after the first competition, and received some great feedback from SpaceX.
The second competition focuses solely on maximum speed. Using the experience of the first team and the technical knowledge of the new members, a completely new pod has been designed to reach the highest speed possible in the 1,2 km SpaceX tube.
We are a team of 30 students from the Technical University of Munich and are a division of the larger organization WARR, the Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Spaceflight. Accepting students from the faculties of mechanical and electrical engineering, physics, computer studies and economics, WARR engages in a number of different topics in aerospace engineering. Together we are designing, building and testing the next prototype of the WARR Hyperloop pod.
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