Highlights

India’s first Virgin Hyperloop that plans to connect Mumbai and Pune in 25 minutes has conducted its first successful passenger ride. The test was conducted in Las Vegas. Mumbai-Pune total distance is 94.5 km.

  • Hyperloop is a new mode of transport that speeds up to 1000 km/hour.
  • The idea was conceived by Tesla, Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp in 2012.
  • There are several American and other companies that are working on the technology.
  • However, Virgin Hyperloop (American transportation technology company) is the only one that is develop the transport in India.

Technology

Hyperloop technology, the capsules or pods are to be zipped in to a continuous steel tubes that are held at partial vacuum. The pod is supported between an air compressor in the front and a battery compartment in the back. The skis of the hyperloop eliminates rolling resistance of the hyperloop, allows movement of pods at high speeds. hyperloop technology are driverless vehicles. They are electronically assisted to accelerated.

Concerns

American hyperloop small-scale experiments have been giving success news. However, in real world there are 10,000 of kilograms of atmospheric pressure that threatens to crush the chamber. Also, there are problems of thermal expansion that threatens to buckle large structure without proper thermal expansion capabilities. The technology is highly expensive.

However, hyperloop technology is cheaper as compared to the high-speed rail technology. The operational and capital costs of Hyperloop is 2/3 of high-speed rail.

Advantages of Hyperloop

Hyperloop technology is completely autonomous and sealed, vehicle is noiseless as the motion does not involve any contact. Hyperloop’s tunnels are to be built either below or above the ground. Thus, this transport technology will take smaller ground foot prints as compared to the traditional road and rail transports.

Recently Indian Institute of Technology Madras conducted Hyperloop contest to encourage young engineers of the country in developing the technology. First Hyperloop Passenger ride successful First Hyperloop Passenger ride successful