Hyperloop Explained

The 5th mode of transportation

Transportation redefined

Transportation has not seen a revolution in over a hundred years.
Time for something new.

In 2013, Elon Musk introduced the solution: a high-speed transportation system using near-vacuum tubes in which pressurized vehicles travel. Due to low air resistance in the tubes, the vehicles can travel with speeds of over 1000 km/h while being more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and convenient than airplanes.

How the Hyperloop works

Vacuum tube Propulsion by electromotors in the track Pod with passengers or cargo traveling at 1000 km/h Vacuum pumps removing 99.9% of the air
Seamless travel

Why do we need the Hyperloop?

Faster than a plane

Air and rolling resistances are taken out of the equation, allowing for speeds over 1000 km/h (620 mph).

As convenient as a train

No need to wait in line for hours, every minute a Hyperloop Pod departs to your destination.

High safety standards

The safety and trustworthiness of the Hyperloop system receives our top priority.

Sustainable infrastructure

Pods travel extremely efficiently and gain their power from renewable energy sources such as the sun.

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SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

To accelerate the development of the Hyperloop concept, SpaceX organizes the Hyperloop Pod Competition. Student teams around the globe are challenged to design and build a half-sized Hyperloop pod, to travel through a 1.2 km low pressure tube, built by SpaceX in California.

Delft Hyperloop II will compete in the 3rd installment of the competition, which will be held in the summer of 2018. The winning criterion: maximum speed!

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Delft Hyperloop I

Winners of the 1st Hyperloop Pod Competition

Inspired by Elon Musk’s visionary idea and challenge, 36 students from the Delft University of Technology joined forces and founded Delft Hyperloop. The team set out to design and build one of the first Hyperloop pods ever, with which they competed in the 1st SpaceX Hyperloop Competition. The pod features a unique design and levitation mechanism, enabling efficient and smooth travel.

During the competition in California in January 2017, the pod was scored on speed, safety, efficiency, and scalability of the design. Out of 2000 competing teams, Delft Hyperloop has won the overall first prize!

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Delft Hyperloop II

2nd place at the Hyperloop Pod Competition

After the first competition in January 2017, a new Delft Hyperloop team was founded to compete in the third instalment of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. In the summer of 2018, Delft Hyperloop would face a new criterion compared to their predecessors: top speed. This requirement brought along many new challenges. With their technologically outstanding design, Delft Hyperloop managed to finish in second place. Due to an overheating of the temperature sensor on the motor controller, the pod came to a standstill after reaching a speed of 142 km/h.


Delft Hyperloop III

Go faster. No pressure.