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the future of transport

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The objective

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.

A journey from Munich to Hamburg, which takes seven hours by train, can be completed in 45 minutes with a Hyperloop Pod. This is faster than by plane, while the emissions of greenhouse gases are a factor of ten lower. It is made possible by extremely low friction caused by the low pressure in the tube and a levitation mechanism that makes the Pod float.

Based on the conviction to actively and sustainably shape the mobility of the future, we founded the non-profit association mu-zero HYPERLOOP e.V. We are driven by the conviction, that every technical innovation requires social acceptance and sustainable business models to improve the lives of many people. To achieve that, we consider economic, ecological and social aspects of the Hyperloop concept in interdisciplinary concept studies, in order to identify critical problems and offer comprehensive solutions. Future research activities and evaluations of the overall system are based on knowledge gained during the development of a functional Hyperloop prototype.

This is the main focus of our work. In order to break new technological ground, we focus on the development of an electrodynamically levitating linear induction motor. This motor combines a contactless drive system as well as a levitation concept in a single, novel component and thus offers potential for various high-speed transport systems.


With our Baden-Wuerttemberg-wide team and the support from other student groups from all over the world, we are confident to face all upcoming challenges and change the future of mobility. Together!

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This is us

Every great vision needs a team of highly skilled and motivated people to make it reality. Organized in different specialized divisions, our team is represented by 68 students from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA), University of Stuttgart (US), as well as Stuttgart Media University (HdM). Our team members are from all over the world and bring in diverse backgrounds, ranging from mechanical, electrical, or industrial engineering to mechatronics, computer science, and aviation management.

Together, we want to face the technological challenges of developing a new mode of transport and pave the way into a new era, the era of zero friction.

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What happened so far.

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Become a partner.

We are looking for strong partners from industry and research to support us on our way. Together we would like to create a platform for scientific exchange in Karlsruhe, which is unique in this form in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Become part of the mu-zero partner network and benefit from the contact to outstanding students of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and University of Stuttgart.

Get in touch with us by writing an e-mail to sponsoring@mu-zero.de.

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