Tunnel boring machine manufacturer Herrenknecht is supporting development of German technology for Elon Musk’s high speed Hyperloop underground transport.
Herrenknecht sponsored a team of engineers from the Technical University of Munich to take part in the recent Spacex Hyperloop Pod Competition in the US.
The Hyperloop system used a low pressure tube to reduce air resistance and achieve faster transport speeds.
The team achieved a top speed of 324km/h – the fastest at the event – in the test tube at Spacex’s development site in Hawthorne, California.
According to Martin-David Herrenknecht, demand for future mobility and increasing urbanisation call for revolutionary concepts and he believes that Hyperloop could be a new solution, which is why the TBM manufacturer is supporting the university’s project. “We are particularly happy that the Hyperloop student team from Munich was able to take the groundbreaking Hyperloop transport technology a good way forward,” he said. “We at Herrenknecht congratulate them on this fantastic success.”