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GROUNDHOG
ALPHA

DESIGN and INNOVATION AWARD WINNER and 2nd PLACE @ NOT-A-BORING-COMPETITION in Las Vegas, US

SPEARHEAD RESEARCH

Our vision is to spearhead the research on infrastructure which allows the (Hyper)loop concept to become reality. To accomplish this goal, we developed our innovative tunneling robot Groundhog Alpha.

Not-A-Boring-Competition

We are the official student team of ETH Zurich to compete in Elon Musk’s Not-A-Boring-Competition. The team was founded in 2020 and brings together over 40 students with expertise in mechanical- and electrical engineering as well as various business-related fields. We’re part of the digging dozen and were invited by Elon Musk’s Boring Company to compete Las Vegas from the 6th to the 12th of September 2021.

Sustainability

We want to achieve CO₂ savings through efficient planning and innovative technologies. In a similar vein, we endeavor to set an example in long-term thinking in our production, diversity of our team and in our dedicated work attitude.

Beat the snail

We want to realize efficiency increases and build a tunnel boring robot that drills forward faster than a conventional snail crawls.

Hyperloop

Hyperloop is a proposed futuristic mode of transportation, consisting of a sleek pod-like capsule which is levitating inside vacuum tubes, accelerating across the country at high speed, being inexpensive for people and goods. The technology is more sustainable than aviation and significantly faster than high-speed trains.

Hyperloop Tunneling

To further develop a holistic Hyperloop concept, Swissloop Tunneling partnered up with Swissloop, a student-led initiative with the goal of designing and building operational prototypes of hyperloop pods. The goal of Swissloop and Swissloop Tunneling is to conduct research and development for the advancement of the Hyperloop concept and its realization, enabling fast and safe transportation. Thus, Swissloop Tunneling focuses on tunnel boring robots, while Swissloop’s focal points remain on the so-called pods, capable of travelling at high-speed in low-pressure or vacuum tubes. This allows us to exploit synergies and ultimately create profound development of both systems.