Purpose

The EuroTube Foundation accelerates the development of sustainable vacuum transportation technologies to provide publicly accessible research and testing infrastructures for universities and industry.

History

August 2017
August 2017
March 2018
December 2018
March 2019
Summer - Autumn 2019
Heritage
More than 30 years ago Switzerland’s Federal Institutes of Technology, EPF Lausanne and then ETH Zürich, started first research studies for a national vacuum transportation system called Swissmetro.
Next-gen Movement
Doré de Morsier founded Swissloop at ETH Zurich in 2016. Soon afterwards the idea and concrete discussions about shared testing infrastructures with other European hyperloop university teams emerged.
Alliance of Partners
Supported by the Federal Council we met with representatives from industry, universities and the public sector at the Federal Palace in Bern to launch EuroTube's activities.
Partnership with SBB
The Swiss Federal Railways join EuroTube as a development partner with their leading expertise in transportation infrastructures.
First drillings on test site
Geotechnical investigations for the 3 km long AlphaTube have been carried out at the site in Collombey-Muraz.
Proof of Scalability
The optimised designs of the air-tight tube segments are completed and their production scalability are currently being fine-tuned in tests with our industry partners.

EuroTube supports fundamental research for the vacuum transportation ecosystem

Recently, an increasing number of dominantly European university teams have excelled at developing vehicle prototypes to compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in Los Angeles, California. Therefore the EuroTube Foundation was founded in 2019 to provide simpler access to public test and shared research infrastructures in Europe.

As a Swiss foundation, EuroTube’s non-profit framework counters the trend of venture-capital-backed companies that corner academic research by building private test infrastructures with limited accessibility, capability, and insufficient conditions for proprietary developments by such academic or industrial users.

The EuroTube Foundation’s mission is to provide neutral research and technology testing grounds at central locations in Europe. At its Swiss base in Collombey-Muraz, the EuroTube Foundation develops the necessary infrastructure technologies to facilitate its first, 3km-long test track that is designed to the needs of university research groups and the growing industrial and startup ecosystem for vacuum transportation.