California, March 2: Looking like a vehicle from the set of a sci-fi movie, an 18-foot-long pod engineered by a team was put to the test during Hyperloop Competition at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Elon Musk's dream for a high-speed travel system that uses pneumatic tubes has taken a major step towards reality.SpaceX hosted a hyperloop pod design competition last weekend where around 30 teams battled to have their pod designs run the track, however, only three of all the teams present were able to perform actual test runs. Each design had to pass through a number of tests such as structural integrity and vacuum chamber survivability in order to compete.
The award for the fastest Hyperloop pod went to a team from TU Munich in Germany. The Europeans defeated competition from universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tokyo’s Keio University. 'We are very proud being the overall winner of the first Hyperloop pod competition ever!' said the team.
What is Hyperloop?
The Hyperloop is a ground transport concept proposed by Musk in 2013 to transport 'pods' of 20-to-30 people through a 12-foot diameter tube at roughly 700 mph. It is essentially a long tube that has had the air removed to create a vacuum. The tube is suspended off the ground to protect against weather and earthquakes.
Elon Musk's 2013 idea became a milestone that could spark greater interest in its potential to be the future of public transport in the future.
The pod developed by the winner team (WARR) from TU Munich has been built by some 40 students with backgrounds such as mechanical engineering, computer science and environmental engineering. The German team says it wants to be able to develop its pod into a full-scale commercial Hyperloop system.
One of the things that made the WARR pod stand out was its compressor, which the team included to make sure the prototype can be scaled up without having to upgrade the technology. “Even though the speed of the test will be much slower than that of the final transportation system, we wanted to integrate a compressor to reduce the air friction,” the team says. Because the vacuum created in the Hyperloop system is not perfect, a small amount of air remains in the tubes. At high speeds, that air will start to pile up in front of the pod – the compressor has been designed to fix that issue. WARR achieved a speed of more than 90 kilometers per hour during yesterday’s test run.
“I think it’s just going to get better and better every year,” said Musk, addressing the teams and those watching a live-stream of the competition. “I think it’s ultimately going to be something that inspires the world and results in real transportation technology that helps people’s lives and makes them better.”
Travel journeys are kind of fun but time-consuming when it comes to traveling by road or railways. What will you do if you are offered to travel from Delhi to Mangalore which promises to reach within two hours. The project “Hyperloop One” aims to make the travel journeys faster which are set to get completed by 2020. The ‘Hyperloop One’ will take you from one Indian city to another within minutes, which Is faster than any airlines and cheaper too. Co-Founder of Tesla Motors Elon Musk began this project in 2013 which aims to build a high-speed train. This project aims to propel passengers from point A to Point B IN pods through reduced pressure steel tubes.