We design and build a new transportation system at the speed of sound

WARR Hyperloop

We are a student team participating in the SpaceX Competition to build the Hyperloop, a revolutionary high speed transportation system.

SpaceX competition

The idea of the Hyperloop was released by Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX. Rather than developing the idea himself, Elon Musk opensourced the concept and, with his company SpaceX, is now holding a student competition to build a half-scale prototype. The WARR will be operating on the SpaceX test track in the Summer 2016.
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Our team

We are 37 students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) coming from a variety of faculties across the campus to be part of the WARR Hyperloop Team. The team is part of a much larger student group called WARR. Among all the teams participating to the competition, we are the only german team and among the only two european teams to have moved to the final stage.
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Our protoype

Our protoype is a pod in levitation running in a vacuum tube at high-speed! We are integrating a compressor to reduce the air friction drag by accelerating the remaining air in the tube, the concept is similar to an airplane reactor. Having advanced to the final stage, we are building our prototype and testing it before shipping it to California.
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Press & Videos

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Prototype Rollout

Watch our Rollout event that happened on the 4th of July


In 2013, Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX, released a white paper on the Hyperloop, his concept of high-speed ground transport. His idea was a radical system of pods in levitation inside a tube at low air pressure traveling at a speed of 1200 km/h. This revolutionary transportion would create a link from San Francisco to Los Angeles in just 35 minutes. Elon Musk opensourced the idea. Currently two companies are working on the project to make a commercial line but in order to accelerate the development of a functional prototype and to encourage student innovation, Elon Musk and his company SpaceX are moving forward with a competition to design and build a half-scale Hyperloop Pod. In parallel with the competition, SpaceX will be constructing a sub-scale test track adjacent to its Hawthorne, California headquarters and some of the best teams will be allowed to run their prototypes on it. All the information can be found on the official competition website.

The most important steps of the competition are the following:

  • Stage 1: During the Design Weekend that took place in January 2016, entrants submitted and presented their Pod designs in order to be selected for the final test on the tracks. Over 700 teams were registered and only 120 advanced to the design weekend.
  • Stage 2: From those 120 teams, only 30 have been selected to move on to the Competition Weekend, scheduled for Summer 2016.
  • Stage 3: Entrants will operate their Pods within the SpaceX test track.
Hyperloop pod design

Our prototype

Maximum speed 350 km/h
Total weight 600 kg
Payload 100 kg
Dimensions 4,2 m x 1,0 m x 1,1 m
Levitation Electrodynamic suspension
Braking Eddy current brake & friction brake
Drag reduction system Active system : Compressor
Power of the compressor 30 kW
Pressure inside the tube 860 Pa (0,009 bar)
Warr Hyperloop protoype

WARR Hyperloop Pod. Credits Uli Benz


Warr history image

Founded in 1962, WARR stands for Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Raketentechnik und Raumfahrt (Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Space Flight) and is a student group from the Technische Universität München (TUM). Having gathered years of experience in building and researching all aspects of space flight, today the group aims at helping students from different fields to apply their theoretical knowledge and develop practical skills.

WARR has a great deal of experience with system design. One of our its recent accomplishments was winning the British Interplanetary Society's "Project Icarus Design Competition" in 2013. Furthermore we also possess significant international competition experience, including participation in the ESA REXUS programme, as well as the launch of a completely in-house developed experimental hybrid rocket from a Brazilian air force base last year.

The Team

We are a team of about 37 students from a variety of different faculties across the university. Currently, we have students from mechanical engineering, computer science, power engineering, civil engineering, physics and environmental engineering. Under the lead of Mariana Avezum, a computer science student who started the project, our team is divided into several branches of competence and each of them is responsible for a subsystem of the pod. We have Structures, Drag-Reduction, Levitation, Braking, Power and Navigation Systems.

Although the SpaceX competition takes place on a shorter track at different conditions than the full transportation system, our approach is to aim for future scalability of our prototype. That means that we intend to be able to build the hyperloop described by Elon Musk in his white paper from our prototype without changing the basic design. Even though the speed of the test will be much slower than that of the final transportation system, we wanted to integrate a compressor to reduce the air friction. This aspect makes us unique in the competition.

Warr Hyperloop logo

Project Leader

Mariana Avezum

The WARR Hyperloop Team is led by Mariana Avezum who started the project in the fall of 2015. As one of only two European teams remaining in the competition, we face many challenges not related directly to the design of the protoype and the project management team handles those issues.

Systems Engineer

Johannes Gutsmiedl

As Systems Engineer, Johannes Gutsmiedl is responsible for making sure all the subsystems can function together and are completed on schedule. He is also responsible for coordinating subsystem and system level tests.

The Subsystems


Lucas Spreiter

One key aspect of the Hyperloop concept is to levitate the pods. Together with his team, Lucas Spreiter develops and tests a magnetic levitation system based on permanent magnets. Besides the ability to lift the pod, the system needs to be reliable and prevent the pod from dropping.

Energy Supply

Joachim Sturm

The design of the energy supply is based on the power requirements of the Hyperloop pod subsystems, environmental parameters inside the tube, and safety regulations. This team is lead by Joachim Sturm.

Drag Reduction

Stefan Biser

The drag reduction team, led by Stefan Biser, is responsible for simulating and designing the aerodynamics of the pod and the compressor, an active drag reduction component and a key element of our design.

Navigation and Control

Martin Riedel

Under the lead of Martin Riedel, this team is responsible for the onboard computers, sensors, telemetry and navigation systems. These components control all the dynamics of the hyperloop travel system and check if the pod is always in a safe condition.


Maximilan Springer

Maximilian Springer and his team design the structure of the pod, as well as the integration of all subsystems. Using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and by high-level interaction with all subsystems they achieve a modular and scalable architecture, which is key in being able to adapt to ever coming changes.

Braking System

Thomas Ruck

In order to be eligible for the SpaceX competition, we must first prove the safety of our design. This team, led by Thomas Ruck, is here to not only design and build the braking system, but also to demonstrate that the overall system can deal with a potential emergency situation without crashing the pod.


Press Communication of WARR

Here you can find the communication after the design week-end

The SpaceX competition has a world wide press impact and we are so proud to be part of it! Please don't hesitate to contact us by email if you would like more information about our project.


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Platinum support

Lin Kayser

Gold support

Anne Moeller & Georg Moeller

Scott Hagen

Silver support

Andreas Pflüger

Aurelio Rosa

Christoph Buro

Emil Naepflein

Georg Heukamp

Hana Milanov

Jan Steinke

Leow Guo Jun

Manuel Kripp

Manuel Wöll

Marian Grabowski

Michael Dürgner

Michael Ehrlich

Richard Wagner

Tom Rueß

Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Kreider-Stempfle

Dr. Jil Schneider-Affeld

Dr. Doehrte Kuehnle

Bronze support

Alexander Fedjaev

André Kohn

Antonius Strauch

Christian Nauck

Edward C Krubasik

Eva Helfrich

Fabian Gruner

Florian Bender

Florian Stein


Han Xu

Josef Liendlbauer

Juli Sikorska

Kevin Wu

Kilian Kollmuß

Kitty Wanke

Luka Bakhsoliani

Malte Schlosser

Martin Höbarth

Maximilian Linster

Michael Braun

Michael Deiml

Michael Noll-Hussong

Niclas-Alexander Mauß

Niklas Barkmeyer

Philipp Maegel

Philipp Wittershagen

Phyo Thihan Nyein

Simon Nuech

Steffen Iwan

Stephan Rabanser

Thomas Kisler

Tilman David Harmeling

Tobias Petry

Vitus Zeller

Werner Mesch

Xin Chen

Zion Badash