Team ‘Avishkar Hyperloop’ from India, a group of enthusiastic engineering students from IIT Madras, on June 14, 2019 unveiled their Hyperloop Pod, for the global Hyperloop Pod Competition being organized by SpaceX, a renowned space exploration firm.
- Team Avishkar Hyperloop is working on an indigenous design and development for building the first-ever self-propelled, completely autonomous Hyperloop Pod in India.
- It is one of the Top 21 teams out of 1600+ teams participating globally and the only Asian team to enter the finals of SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019.
- The team is working with a vision to develop technologies for future mode of high-speed transportation with applications in various fields including Defence, Logistics and Aerospace Industry, among others.
- The Pod developed by Avishkaar Team spans about 3 metres in length and weighs around 120 kgs.
- The electric propulsion employs BLDC motors and a wheel drive.
- The team started the design by brainstorming on how the pod would be built, beginning with vehicle kinematics and dynamics, motors, power system and braking, stability, and finally designing the CFRP chassis and structures.
- P2P lending firm RupeeCircle has announced that it will sponsor IIT Madras team – Avishkar Hyperloop.
- RupeeCircle Founder and CEO, Ajit Kumar said that the platform is aware of the challenges faced by innovators and wanted to help with the monetary aspect of their mission.
- Hyperloop is the 5th mode of transportation, a high-speed train that travels in a near-vacuum tube.
- The reduced air resistance allows the capsule inside the tube to reach speeds of more than 1000 kmph.
- Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, proposed the idea of Hyperloop to the world in 2013 through whitepaper – ‘Hyperloop Alpha.’
Hyperloop Pod Competition
- SpaceX organizes the Hyperloop Pod Competition to accelerate the development of functional prototypes and encourage student innovation.
- Select teams build a subscale prototype transport vehicle to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the various aspects of the Hyperloop concept.
- In this global competition, the final round (testing and evaluation of the actual prototype), takes place at the SpaceX Headquarters in California, U.S.
- The Fastest Pod wins the Competition.
- Speaking about the competition, Mr. Suyash Singh, Student Team Head, Avishkar Hyperloop, said, “The primary factor to decide the winner is the top speed achieved by the Hyperloop Pod in the run in the 1-mile long vacuum tube, installed at the SpaceX headquarters. But, to qualify to the top few teams to be allowed to run through the tube, the design has to go through a lot of checks and scrutiny based on its feasibility, manufacturing possibility and its safety aspects.”