Every great dream begins with a dreamer – in this story the dreamer was Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX.
The Swissloop team shares a common vision of a Swiss contribution to Hyperloop Technology, which will reshape the way we think about transportation. Our team of motivated students from ETH Zurich and other Swiss universities, supportive advisors and partners from the industry aim at developing the future of transportation.
Swissloop develops prototypes for SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competitions, in order to provide a proof of concept for the Hyperloop dream.
Fastest-Ever Land Transportation
In 2013, Elon Musk published the Hyperloop Alpha white-paper which presented a new way to connect city centres with speeds up to 1’200 km/h. Since then over 1’200 university teams and four major startups have started to work on the concept.
Hosted by SpaceX
Hyperloop Pod Competition
In order to accelerate the development of functional prototypes and encourage student innovation, SpaceX announced the Hyperloop Pod Competition in 2015, which challenges university teams to design and build the best transport Pod. The first two competitions were held in January and August 2017 and were the first of their kind anywhere in the world.
Based on these successes, SpaceX has moved forward with the third instalment: The Hyperloop Pod Competition 2018. The competition will focus on a single criterion – maximum speed. Additionally, all Pods must be self-propelled.
The competition will take place in summer 2018 and is open to both new and returning student teams. Swissloop is happy to be a part of this third instalment and looks forward to competing in the summer!
The Hyperloop Vision - A Paradigm Shift
Due to high drag, trains are mostly limited to 350 km/h, while airplanes take ages to board.
Commuting nowadays means getting up early, squeezing into full trains and waiting for ages to arrive.
In many countries the burning of coal and other fossil fuels is still used for mobility – we say no more!
By moving Hyperloop pods with up to 1’200 km/h the world shrinks to the size of a pinhead.
Commuting as we know it, will change forever – you can live in Zurich and work in Berlin every day.
Harnessing the power of the sun and reducing losses, the Hyperloop let’s us move around without harming mother nature.