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Futuristic plans for Installing Hyperloops in Transports makes Travelling easy for Passengers

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In August 2013, Elon Musk (of Tesla Motors and SpaceX fame) publicly released designs for a revolutionary high-speed transportation system named Hyperloop.

Three years later, it’s clear that his unique concept has captured huge attention from around the world.

Three years later, it’s clear that his unique concept has captured huge attention from around the world.

So, What is Hyperloop?

It’s a proposed system that uses capsules and tubes to transport people and goods at speeds of up to 760 mph. As a comparison, a typical high-speed train has a top speed of just 150 mph. Hyperloop is a new form of ground transport currently in development by a number of companies, which could see passengers traveling at 700 miles an hour in floating pods within low-pressure tubes.

What makes Hyperloop different?

There are two big differences between Hyperloop and tradition rail. The pods carrying passengers travel through tubes or tunnels from which most of the air has been removed to reduce friction. This should allow the pods to travel at up to 750 miles per hour.

Rather than using wheels like a train or car, the pods are designed to float on air skis, using the same basic idea as an air hockey table, or use magnetic levitation to reduce friction. A number of different companies are working to turn the idea into a functioning commercial system.

What are the benefits of Hyperloop?

Hyperloop could be cheaper and faster than trains and car travel, and cheaper and less polluting than air travel. They claim that it is quicker and cheaper to build than traditional high-speed rail; as such,

Hyperloop could take the pressure off gridlocked roads, making travel between cities easier and potentially unlocking major economic benefits as a result.

Hyperloops will actually be established but a number of companies have sketched out routes in the US, Europe, and elsewhere. Potential routes include New York to Washington DC, Pune to Mumbai,the Maharashtra state government has accorded infrastructure status to this ultra modern hyperloop project. This status can help fast track the land acquisition process for the project and will enable people to shuttle between the two cities in less than 30 minutes. The state government has named a consortium of Virgin hyperloop One and UAE’s DP World as the original proponents of this project. A statement from the chief minister’s office also mentioned that the FDI in this investment is around Rs 70,000 crores and will take 7 years for completion. Kansas City to St Louis, Bratislava to Brno, Vijaywada and Amaravati, and many more.

How does a Hyperloop tube work?

The basic idea of Hyperloop as envisioned by Musk is that the passenger pods or capsules travel through a tube, either above or below ground. To reduce friction, most — but not all — of the air is removed from the tubes by pumps.

Overcoming air resistance is one of the biggest uses of energy in high-speed travel. Airliners climb to high altitudes to travel through less dense air; in order to create a similar effect at ground level, Hyperloop encloses the capsules in a reduced-pressure tube, effectively allowing the trains to travel at airplane speeds but on the ground.

In Musk’s model, the pressure of the air inside the Hyperloop tube is about one-sixth the pressure of the atmosphere on Mars (a notable comparison as Mars is another of Musk’s interests). This means an operating pressure of 100 pascals, which reduces the drag force of the air by 1,000 times relative to sea level conditions and would be equivalent to flying above 150,000 feet altitude.

Indian students are competing in Elon Musk’s Hyperloop challenge can transform the way we travel.

The Hyperloop India team has evolved from its first five members to an 80-member-strong team. The first team realized that the enormity of the challenge needed skillsets from various streams – engineering, electronics, software, industrial design, business development and more. Students from across BITS campuses, IIM Ahmedabad, National Institute of Design, Indian School of Business, RV College of Engineering, Symbiosis University have all come together to be a part of this momentous project.

They together have designed their prototype pod called Orcapod that will race in the Hyperloop competition. All was well until the design stage. The big challenge was to build the pod. Where do the students physically build it? They needed to test their pod in vacuum chambers. They needed materials that could make the pod lighter and travel faster. Also, they did not have the financial backing to hire these infrastructural facilities. The team of students reached out to every possible entity that could help them out. Thankfully, a whole lot of people got excited by what this team of students has set out to achieve. Support reached the team from various entities, mainly located in Bengaluru, and the entire team moved there to build the pod. The Workbench Projects offered the team a workspace free of cost and also became an active partner in the entire effort. Ripple technologies are helping the team in building the machine in its space in Peenya Industrial Estate. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd has reportedly offered its space for testing. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has reportedly offered the much-needed vacuum chambers for testing the pod. Like this many organizations – Hyperloop One, NITI Aayog, Peenya Industries Association, MapmyIndia, SKF, Start-up India, Invest India, RITES, Jindal Aluminium, DP World India – have come forward to support the team. Currently, the team is busy testing the pod at Peenya Industrial estate.

Thus, for a better future, we need to work smarter!

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