WARR Pod from Munich Wins Hyperloop Competition
The 30-member team in the Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Spaceflight (Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgruppe für Raketentechnik und Raumfahrt, WARR) project at the Technical University of Munich competed against two other teams in the final. The WARR pod zoomed to first place, reaching 324 km/h over the 1.25-km-long test track. The Swissloop team from ETH Zurich achieved a top speed of only 39 km/h, and the capsule from the Northeastern University and Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador reached 104 km/h. The students from Munich had already won the top prize for the fastest pod in the first competition.
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk presented the new mobility concept Hyperloop in 2013. In this high-speed transport system of the future, electrically driven pods are to move in steel tubes that are under low vacuum. These tubes are designed to connect large regions with each other in loop routes. Since travel speeds of more than 1,000 km/h are planned, the Hyperloop would allow faster and more efficient travel compared to today.
Carbon-fibre WARR pod
The 80-kilogram vehicle consists entirely of carbon-fibre material. With a 50-kilowatt electric motor developed in house, the pod accelerates to a top speed of up to 350 km/h at 1.5 g. Pneumatic muscles press the drive wheel against the track to improve power transmission. An electronic stabilisation system with 38 sensors is designed to hold the pod in the centre of the tube. An autonomous braking system with four pneumatic brake callipers is designed to bring the pod to a standstill in only five seconds when braking in an emergency.