the future of transport


mu-zero HYPERLOOP is an international student initiative based in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, dedicated to research and development of hyperloop technology and its real-world application.

Current ReSEARCH Results_

What's the Potential for using existing Railway Routes in Europe for ultra-high-speed Transportation?

In a current research work we analyze the idea of using existing railway routes in Europe for hyperloop traffic. Different route acceleration profiles are evaluated by modeling key performance metrics of passenger pods traveling along these routes. While the resulting travel times are higher than conventional hyperloop would suggest, these lines would still be competitive with other modes of transport. Especially passenger comfort is of concern as it limits the lateral accelerations allowed – and therefore the achievable velocity.

Our Mission_

Sustainable mobility

The Hyperloop, sometimes referred to as the fifth mode of transport, has the potential to shift mobility towards a sustainable and connected future. Based on our conviction that we need to actively shape this transition, we founded the non-profit association mu-zero HYPERLOOP e.V. With the ambition to fully leverage the great potential of this technology, we are developing our own Hyperloop prototypes.


Cutting edge technology

We use advanced technologies to achieve electromagnetic levitation and theoretical speeds of over 1000 km/h. Various technologies must work together for proper operation. For this purpose, each component in our pod is designed and continuously optimized by our divisions in order to adapt it as perfectly as possible to our overall prototype system.

Partnerships and collaboration_

Join mu-zero as ...


We are looking for partners from industry and research to support us. Together, we would like to establish a platform for scientific exchange in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart.
Become part of the mu-zero network and benefit from the contact to outstanding students of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, University of Stuttgart and Stuttgart Media University.

Team member

Are you as hyped as we are to change the future of mobility? Then join our mission: zero friction! We are always looking for motivated and talented students of all disciplines, so don’t hesitate to contact us!
You can apply now for our fourth season in 2023/2024 to become part of the largest Hyperloop team in Baden-Württemberg.


Thesis at mu-zero?

You don’t have to be a team member of mu-zero HYPERLOOP e.V. to write your thesis with us, nevertheless you have to be a student of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA), University of Stuttgart (US) or Stuttgart Media University (HdM).
To tackle the social, technical and economic challenges we face, all fields of study are needed. We are looking forward to your application!


Any Questions?

Hyperloop is often referred to as the fifth mode of transportation. The Hyperloop is a concept proposed by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk in 2013, in which passenger capsules (Pods) float almost silently at velocities close to the speed of sound through a tube at about one thousandth of atmospheric pressure. In this way, heavily used intracontinental routes could be handled faster, more efficiently and in a more environmentally friendly manner than with conventional means of transport.

We are a student initiative founded in 2020 with the vision to do pioneering work for sustainable mobility systems. For that, we develop passenger capsules that float through partially evacuated tubes at nearly the speed of sound. Our team consists of more than 60 motivated students from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, the University of Stuttgart and the Stuttgart Media University.

The focus of our work is the conception and development of a functional, levitating Hyperloop prototype, which we present at international competitions and networking events. At the European Hyperloop Week 2021 in Valencia, we were the only German team to achieve top rankings in various disciplines and were awarded as the best newcomer.

Currently, student teams and companies around the globe are working on Hyperloop technologies. Although regulation and implementation will still take years, we are already doing valuable pioneering work and contribute to turn the concept into reality.

We are always looking for skilled and motivated team members. In principle, anyone can join. Ideally, however, you should be a student at one of the following universities: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA), University of Stuttgart (US) and Stuttgart Media University (HdM). You can apply here or send an email. Stay Hyped!