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About Hardt Hyperloop

What is Hardt’s share in the development of the hyperloop?

Apart from developing the technology, we also play a pioneering role in hyperloop development in Europe. We bring together various parties and organizations and stimulate research and development in establishing a hyperloop standard.

I am a private person and would like to be involved in the development of the hyperloop. What can I do?

First of all, we are extremely pleased with your interest! There are various possibilities. To start, you can follow us actively online through social media and our newsletter and blog. Do you want to use us as the topic of a presentation or during an event? Or are you interested in investing in the hyperloop as a private investor? Don’t hesitate to contact us and inquire about all the possibilities.

I have a company and would like to be involved in the development of the hyperloop. What can I do?

We invite both small and large companies to actively participate in the development of the hyperloop. We recommend contacting us to inquire about all the possibilities. A direct contact person can be found on the partner page.

Are you a competitor of other hyperloop developers?

We do not consider other hyperloop developers competitors but equals pursuing the same goal. We work together with, for example, Transpod, Hyper Poland and Zeleros on standardization and regulations.

Can I invest in the hyperloop?

Absolutely. We would be happy to talk to you about this. Investors can contact us using the contact form on the website.

Are other companies also involved in the development of the hyperloop?

Companies and organizations across the world are involved in the development of the hyperloop. In Europe, we are heading an international movement for the development of a hyperloop standard.

Do you also give presentations at external events?

Yes. Hardt employees often speak at events. For more information, we recommend contacting us using the contact form on the website.

What is the relationship between Elon Musk and Hardt?

In 2017, the Delft Hyperloop student team won the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition organized by Elon Musk. The Hardt hyperloop is a spin-off of this and has grown to be a company that holds a leading position in the European development of the hyperloop.

How many employees do you have?

Our head office in Delft has a staff of close to 20 full-time professionals. There are also hundreds of other employees at partner companies that are involved in the development of the hyperloop.

Can I visit your office to view the design?

This is possible by appointment only. To schedule an appointment with one of our staff, contact us using the contact form on the website.

Are you looking for new employees?

Always! Have a look at our job openings page. Is your dream job not listed? Feel free to contact us through the contact page.

Can I be sent information for my presentation/school report?

We’re delighted that you’ve chosen the hyperloop as your topic! If you would like to receive additional information, contact us using the contact form on the website.

Can I do an internship at your company?

Absolutely. We offer internships on a regular basis. For available positions, see the Hardt job openings page.

Are you only active in Europe?

We consider the development of the hyperloop and the problems it solves as a challenge that we need to address together with other parties around the world. This is why we are active worldwide and our development work is not limited to the European borders.

About hyperloop

What is the hyperloop?

The hyperloop is a new form of transport for large volumes of passengers or freight. The hyperloop network connects cities, countries and even entire continents in a very short travel time - and all of this in a safe and sustainable manner.

What kinds of problems does the hyperloop solve?

Global urbanization creates infrastructural challenges that cannot be resolved with our current modes of transport. We need a smarter, more environmentally friendly and more flexible system that meets the needs of modern travelers. The hyperloop is the perfect solution.

What are the advantages of traveling through a hyperloop tube?

The inside of the tube is practically a complete vacuum, which means there is virtually no air resistance. Without air resistance, you need a lot less energy to put the pod into motion. As a result, you can travel more quickly with less energy. In other words, it is an environmentally friendly way to travel! An additional advantage is that the pods are also fully protected from outside influences. This also increases the safety level.

How many people fit in a hyperloop pod?

The pods in the hyperloop network have different capacities. The hyperloop differs from a train in that the capacity is distributed across several small pods. This enables a direct connection and ensures short waiting times.

Is the hyperloop comparable to a train?

Not really. The hyperloop lets you travel extremely fast, safely and reliably without any transfers or stopovers. And does so without impacting the environment. We like to refer to it as the fifth mode of transport.

Will the hyperloop replace the train?

No, we do not believe so. The hyperloop is a good alternative to short-distance flights and links up seamlessly with existing modes of transport. We do, however, expect other modes of transport to be used differently as a result of the hyperloop.

When will I be able to travel with the hyperloop?

Hardt will begin testing the hyperloop within a few years. We will be conducting tests at a high-speed facility built according to an international standard. Afterwards, we expect to have a pilot route in operation in four to six years. Not long after that, the first commercial route should be completed. In other words, development is continuous.

How it Works

How does the hyperloop get from A to B?

By means of a linear electric engine, just like an electric car. The only difference is that, with the hyperloop, the motor extends across the entire track. The pods are also equipped with a magnetic levitation system that, together with the electric engine, lets them ‘surf’ a magnetic wave.

How high is the vacuum pressure in the tube?

One millibar to be exact. This means that the tube is almost a complete vacuum and is designed so that the system is not affected by irregularities or if the vacuum is no longer intact.

Is the hyperloop safe?

Safety is the top priority. That is why experts have been working on technology from the very start that will protect passengers and freight in all imaginable scenarios. The hyperloop system will also be tested extensively in accordance with the newest European safety standards before being put into operation.

How does the hyperloop levitation system work?

The Hardt hyperloop has a combination of electric and permanent magnets on the top. The permanent magnet has sufficient magnetic attraction and is positioned and stabilized by the electric magnet. As a result, the levitation system uses virtually no energy.

How fast is the hyperloop?

The hyperloop has a theoretical speed of around 1,000 kilometers per hour. But what makes the hyperloop so incredibly unique is that its speed can be adapted to the route in a scalable manner. In other words, on some routes the hyperloop will perform optimally at different speeds, such as 500 kilometers per hour.

Does the hyperloop also operate underground?

Yes. The hyperloop can be built both aboveground and belowground, making it perfect for both urban and rural areas.

About safety, environment and costs

Isn’t it dangerous to travel at speeds of over 1,000 kilometers per hour?

Absolutely not. Since the hyperloop accelerates and decelerates slowly and does not take any sharp turns, you do not notice the speed at all. It is comparable to an airplane, which flies at speeds of more than 800 kilometers per hour. In addition, there is no turbulence with the hyperloop.

What happens in the unlikely event that the hyperloop does not work?

Our goal is to ensure that this does not happen. But should this happen, a sophisticated safety system will make sure that passengers and freight are brought to safety.

What happens if the vacuum in the hyperloop tube is no longer intact?

Absolutely nothing. The system would work virtually the same as a regular train in a normal environment.

Where will I be able to take the hyperloop in the future?

We do not yet have an exact location, but our vision is a European network with hyperloop stations in all major urban regions.

How much energy does the hyperloop use?

The hyperloop uses electricity to propel itself and to levitate. Electricity is also used for the vacuum inside the tube, making it 100% electric. In addition, the energy released by the brakes is recovered. Less energy is used per passenger than with a car, plane or train, making it extremely energy-efficient.

How much will a ticket to ride the hyperloop cost?

That is difficult to say at this stage of development. The ticket price depends largely on the route. At any rate, it should match what people usually pay for their daily work commute. This will ultimately inspire more people to use the system, which in turn will help lower the price.

Where will the hyperloop be constructed?

Our research department is hard at work developing several potential routes. However, we are unable to provide any concrete information at this time.

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