Published: 04th March 2019
IIT-Madras's Hyperloop pod only Indian to race against the best at SpaceX
Team Avishkar's pod can reduce travel time between major destinations like Mumbai and Chennai from about two hours to less than an hour
Avishkar Hyperloop, a student team of IIT Madras, is building the first ever self-propelled, completely autonomous hyperloop pod of India and is the only Indian finalist for the International Hyperloop Pod Competition organised by Elon Musk's SpaceX. Their pod can take you from Mumbai to Chennai in an hour at more than 800 km/h.
The team, started in September 2017, had participated in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 2018 and were one of the top 47 teams to be selected for the Final Design Round. "We are now participating in the 2019 edition and have successfully cleared the Final Design Round and are one of the 22 teams to be selected globally to compete in the finals at SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles, California where they have a mile long vacuum tube or Hyperloop track. The fastest pod with successful deceleration wins the competition," said the team.
The project is to develop a Hyperloop Pod which can compete at the global level with pods developed by other university teams. "We are implementing new technologies in our pod like a Dual-Sided Linear Induction Motor and Levitation which can enable the pod to reach speeds in excess of 800 km/h," said Aditya Ranade, a part of the 30-member team lead by Suyash Singh and Ankit Kukadia. "This is like a new 'fifth' mode of transportation which can reduce travel time between major destinations like Mumbai and Chennai from about two hours to less than an hour," added Ranade, a fourth-year dual degree student of Bachelor in Civil And Masters in Structural Engineering.
The students worked on the indigenous design and development of the project at Centre for Innovation (CFI), IIT Madras. They are integrating innovative technologies to reduce the time spent by people to travel across cities and thus, open up new avenues of development, for the Indian economy.