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Habia Cable sponsors KTH Hyperloop.
The pod developed by KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. ©KTH Hyperloop

Habia Cable are pleased to be sponsoring KTH Hyperloop, a team of over 50 students at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden who are working hard to bring Hyperloop – a form of mobility that sounds like something from a science fiction novel – to reality.

What is Hyperloop?

Hyperloop is the concept of a looped high-speed rail system which operates with capsules or ‘pods’ moving through tubes. The pods can travel quickly with little to no air resistance or friction thanks to the use of magnetic levitation within sealed tubes operating under a vacuum. This transformative mode of transport would not only be extremely fast – reaching speeds of more than 1200 kilometres per hour – it would also be much more energy efficient, immune to most weather, collision-free and operate autonomously, 24 hours a day.

The idea of a ‘vactrain’ was originally invented back in 1904 by Robert H. Goddard, but the idea reemerged in 2012 after being conceptualised by Elon Musk and modelled by Tesla and SpaceX. In June 2015, SpaceX sponsored a hyperloop pod design competition to accelerate the development of a functional prototype, opening opportunities for students and commercial companies alike, kick-starting a global hyperloop movement that would soon expand far beyond its origins.

KTH Hyperloop and Habia Cable

Founded in April 2018, KTH Hyperloop were the first student team in the Nordics working on the Hyperloop concept. Based in the Integrated Transport Research Laboratory (ITRL) at KTH, the team have been using their extensive knowledge in disciplines from engineering and technology to marketing and business to push the hyperloop concept, designing a complete pod prototype. They have also been showcasing their designs at a range of events including the recent European Hyperloop Week.

Our driving vision at Habia is to ‘discover better connections for a smarter future’. So what better match for us than this future-focused project – one that brings innovation and cutting-edge technology together for smarter, more sustainable transport.

‘We’re pleased to be able to contribute with our advanced cables and knowhow, and hope that they will help this exciting project to go faster and further than ever before.’ says Micael Lindberg, Managing Director Habia Cable Söderfors.

While it may still be some time before we’re travelling Stockholm to Gothenburg in 25 minutes on the next Hyperloop, we’re proud to support this journey on the path (or tube?) towards a smarter future.

Find out more about KTH Hyperloop here.