Lightweight Design Concept for a Vacuum-tube Jet
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It took just half a year for the students at Technical University of Munich to build a prototype for the Hyperloop competition. They claim the hybrid lightweight design can achieve speeds of up to 350 km/h. A position-dependent prioritised weight optimisation strategy helped meet the challenges of the extremely short development time and a tight budget.
It normally takes around six hours to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles — when traffic conditions are favourable. Flying is faster, but security screening and check-in as well as the journeys to and from airports eat up most of the time advantage.