A matter of pride for young Indian innovators! Avishkar, one of the Top 21 teams out of 1,600+ teams participating globally and the only Asian team to enter the finals of SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019, is what we are talking about.
Doing us proud with unveiling the future of mobility, Institute of Technology Madras’ Avishkar Hyperloop Team, on 14th June 2019, unveiled their Hyperloop Pod, which is going to compete in the global competition being organized by SpaceX, the Elon Musk-run aerospace manufacturer and space transportation company.
Avishkar Hyperloop is the student team from Centre For Innovation (CFI) – IIT Madras, 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 to be held in July 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.
Speaking about the significance of this achievement, Dr. S.R. Chakravarthy, Faculty Advisor, Avishkar Hyperloop, and Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Madras, said, “The team has taken strenuous technical efforts at every stage, and has been quite professional about executing the project. This is an important milestone for the future transportation technology in our country. “
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 km/h. Mr. Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, proposed the idea of Hyperloop to the world in 2013 through whitepaper – ‘Hyperloop Alpha.’ His company 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, 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.”
Suyash Singh further said that the communication system in the hyperloop was made with advanced radiocommunication devices.