Hyperloop — The fifth mode of transport!

Cars. Trains. Ships. Aeroplane. What is next?

The world is changing, it is changing faster than our imagination. Few years back, we knew that there were four modes of transportation. Then suddenly in 2012 Elon Musk came up with an idea to again change the conventional-boring-routine stuff. He created a project for reinventing the mode of passenger movement and freight transportation. Hence, the fifth mode of transportation – Hyperloop came into being and the company was named Hyperloop-One (Damn! the name give goosebumps).

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The CEO of the company is Rob Llyod. The company is working under the creative genius of Elon Musk.

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The concept is simple but pretty futuristic and spell-bounding. One can easily understand it by imagining a long tube which will be at low pressure and a pod which will be the carrier. Comparing it to the conventional railways, the laid network of rails represents the “long tube” and the “pods” are the actual trains.

Simple graphical simulation of Hyperloop

In the above picture, the red capsule part is the “pod” whereas the blue part is the “low pressure tube”.

Proposed working:

It works on combination of few basic principles of Electromagnetism and Mechanics.

The tube is kept at low pressure. The pods cruise inside the tube using linear electric motor and glide silently for miles with zero turbulence using air cushion. The pods would accelerate to cruising speed gradually using a linear electric motor and glide above their track using passive magnetic levitation or air bearings. This technique give the pods to travel miles in (figuratively) no time at all.

The Hyperloop pod competiton and India:

Hyperloop is an open-source concept just like Android and Linux. Hyperloop pod competition is a global-level event in which teams from entire world can compete to put forward their designs. It is organized  by SpaceX and most of the jury for the selection US based. The competition simply involves the creation of prototypes for the technology to understand its utility and financial feasibility.

Apparently 38 teams have reached the semi-finals of the competitions including four teams from India. The five teams selected for the semifinals are:

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Way to go India!

Finally only one team could make it to the finals, Team HYPERLOOP INDIA. The  team primarily consist of students from India’s BITS Pilani engineering college, management institutes IIM Ahmedabad (IIM-A), the Indian School of Business (ISB) and further they are also representing India in the Final Design Stage of SpaceX’s design challenge.

They named their designs as Orcapods.

Image Source: Hyperloop India

More about the finalist and their concept, Visit here.


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