IIT Madras Students Ranked In Top 21 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019

CTVLinhC - Aug 12, 2019, 8:30 am IST


Avishkar Hyperloop, a student hyperloop team from the IIT-Madras, is the only Asian team to reach the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019 Final Round.

Avishkar Hyperloop, the student team from IIT Madras, is the only Asian team to reach the Final Round of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019. Though they might not have won the competition, they absolutely captured the heart of Elon Musk, SpaceX’s CEO.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk at Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019.

The team began their journey in 2017, with the vision to help humanity one step closer to achieving a new method of transport. They work together at IIT Madras’s student innovation lab to develop the first-ever autonomous Hyperloop Pod in India. In the first attempt, the team was ranked among Top 47 teams qualified for the Final Design Round. Two years later, with the support from various stakeholders and experts, they have stood among Top 21 of Hyperloop Pod 2019, the competition held by SpaceX at Los Angeles, California in July this year.

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Talents of Team Avishkar Hyperloop.

What is the Hyperloop Pod Competition?

Hyperloop is the fifth mode of transportation which is expected to move freight and people at the top speed of over 760 mph (1,200 km/h). First proposed by SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk, the technology has come a long way, with efforts from both the tech company and startup communities around the world. SpaceX has left it “open-sourced” to attract innovations and improvements towards its concept, which leads to the creation of the technology’s better version.

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The illustrator of a Hyperloop pod.

In an attempt to increase public awareness about Hyperloop, SpaceX introduced Hyperloop Pod Competition, both organized and sponsored by the company. Participants of the competition, usually a number of student teams, have a mission to design and build a subscale prototype transport vehicle to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the Hyperloop concept. The competition is available for all enthusiasts across the globe, with the first prize belonging to the fastest and successful deceleration machine. The Final Round shall take place in the U.S, which Avishkar Hyperloop team has participated this year.

The Solutions of Avishkar Hyperloop

S.R.Chakravarthy, Professor at 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.”

Following that, the IIT students team has finished developing their own Hyperloop Pod, which are about three meters in length and weighs around 120 kg. To achieve that goal, Avishkar Hyperloop team went through numerous challenges from selecting powerful motors empowering the required traction to making the device at the highest speed as possible. They left the competition with the plan of commercializing their infrastructure project, calling for supports from the government and local stakeholders.

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Avishkar Hyperloop team observes Virgin Hyperloop One's project in India.

Notably, Virgin Hyperloop One, an American transportation tech company that also works on Hyperloop, is going to build a Hyperloop network in India, expected to begin in December this year. According to their proposal, Virgin Hyperloop One ensures taking people from Mumbai to Pune in under 30 minutes. In Avishkar Hyperloop’s trip to the U.S, the company also shares its progress with these talented students.

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