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Musk presented the idea of the "Rohrpost für Menschen - Tube mail for people" three years ago. Unfortunately he does not have time to implement his concept, so the entrepreneur, cunning minds around the world should be concerned. In 2015 he called for the "Hyperloop Pod Competition". Nearly a thousand students from all over the world applied. Three teams in California had the opportunity to send their prototype with dummies into a tube - and the fastest was a transport capsule from TU Munich students. The white-blue capsule, which looks a bit like a race-bike, reached a top speed of 94 km / h on the one mile long track. For Musculus a good sign: He thinks it is now "foreseeable" that the capsules soon shoot five to ten times as fast through the tube. The prototype of the Munich students cost 350,000 euros. They were looking for the sponsors themselves. Last year he had hardly come to study, says Thomas Ruck, student of the aerospace industry at the TU Munich. "But this project is better than any missed lecture." The 26-year-old was responsible for the brakes of the system. "To bring home the victory now is incredibly proud," said Ruck. "It is a great feeling to be there after a year and a half of hard work as a winner and to say that you have done everything right." In addition to fame and honor, the team from Munich received a prize from Elon Musk's hand-signed miniature titanium pod.
A team of students from Delft in the Netherlands was also awarded. The jury found the design of their capsule particularly convincing. As a third team, students of the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved their final prototype with their prototype. There are already several companies independent of SpaceX, who have taken up the idea of the concept and are working commercially on the "Hyperloop". For example, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has announced plans to build such a high-speed line between Czech Republic and the Slovakian capital Bratislava. The distance of 130 kilometers could then be overcome in only ten minutes. However, experts still see many unsolved problems: How to organize emergency access, fire protection or air-conditioning in such a vacuum tube? How safe is the concept when the capsules fly in the two-minute stroke? Whence comes the many electricity you need? And: How do you bring the capsules to ten times the speed? Whether and when the first prototypes become a real means of transportation, nobody knows yet.