We don’t have to look far back when India signed an agreement with Japan to launch its first bullet train. A step that will revolutionize and transform India’s transport system and is expected to take it to the next level. Albeit, the technology is going to take some time to come out of the paper, which is expected to be by 2023. Still the excitement is real, we’re definitely moving ahead and ready to adopt new technology for the betterment of our day to day life.
A similar yet new and highly advanced technological advancement opportunity has again knocked the door of transport development system in India. This time it’s the Hyperloop, a concept that has also been called as “Fifth mode of transport” by the creator itself Elon Musk. It will allow commuters to reach their destination in almost ¼th of the time that it takes presently. With a speed of around 1,100 kmph. It will be one of it’s own kind of transport medium which is expected to be both safe and cost-effective.
Before we talk about how it’s going to revolutionize India’s transport system, let’s have a basic idea about Hyperloop. Where the concept came from? How does it work? So, let’s get started.
What is Hyperloop and Where Did The Concept Came From?
In a world, where in order to travel or transport from one place to another we use a car, train, ship or a plane. Hyperloop can be a cheap, fast and environment friendly transport mode.
Hyperloop is a futuristic system of transport where a sealed tube or system of tubes are held together through which a pod or a container travels. The vacuum tube allows the pod to float using a magnetic levitation technology. This means the medium is free of air and friction resistance, hence providing a high speed without losing the efficiency.
The concept of travelling in a vacuum tube goes way back to 1909. At that time a young mind Robert Goddard comes with the idea of low-pressure tubes to be used for the travelling purpose. The concept does give an impression of a technology from future, but who would have thought that 100 years later it will turn into reality called Hyperloop. All thanks to venture investor and entrepreneur Elon Musk, also the man behind Paypal, SpaceX and Tesla who proposed the concept of Hyperloop.
In an event held in California back in 2012, Elon Musk stated that he was thinking about a futuristic concept which will introduce the “fifth mode of transport” for the world. A kind of hypothetical high-speed mode of transportation breaking the flaws like susceptible to weather, collision, high power consumption and low speed.
Later in 2013, he came with all these in papers in which he explained details like the design, functioning, costing for the hyperloop system. In order to get excellence in the technology he made the paper open-source. Further he has held several Hyperloop Pod Competition to accelerate the development of the concept Hyperloop. With the competition held in 2016, Elon Musk challenged teams from all over the world to build and test the Hyperloop pod. But only the fastest wins. Due to the success of the event SpaceX is going to hold another competition on 22 July, 2018 for all the aspiring students.
How does it work?
Like being said already, using magnets to move and elevate trains is not a new thing. But its efficiency with respect to costing has been the main issue. After 100 years of technological advancement and with the help of several brilliant minds in the world, the concept Hyperloop is now a real thing. Let’s see how it functions keeping the cost low and speed high.
- The tube through which the pod travels almost contains no air giving the impression of moving over a vacuum tube. This helps in creating an environment where it feels like you’re flying at 20,000 feet above the sea level.
- It consists of two electric motors- a rotor which rotates – a stator which work as electromagnet.
- Once electric current passes through the stator the rotor which is placed linearly gets magnetically attracted to spin over the stator.
- To keep things safe the magnetic levitation direct and lift the pod off the track slowly and comfortably.
- The magnetic levitation helps in travelling in a medium with no air or friction resistance. This in turn let hyperloop to use almost no or smallest amount of electricity to achieve high-speed of 700 mph.
- Once the pod slows downs and return to safe speed then it retracts back to the track safely.
All the above process is automated with the most advanced systems keeping the journey safe and comfortable.
Hyperloop In India
Some may argue that, Is India ready to get started with such an advance technology? Looking at the conditions of railway at present it definitely force me to think for a while. However, on the other side it will definitely help in taking the transportation system in India to a whole new level.
Recently at an event held in Maharashtra in presence of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson an agreement has been signed. According to this agreement with Virgin Hyperloop One, Maharashtra government is intending to build a hyperloop track between Pune and Mumbai. The superfast route will cover the distance in just 25 minutes. It has also proposed that by the end of 2025 there will be a hyperloop carrying 150 million passengers between Pune and Mumbai. There are also several other proposed route by Hyperloop One, a Los Angeles based company like Vijayawada to Amravati. If everything works as planned, one day commuters can travel from Mumbai to Chennai via Bengaluru in just 50 minutes.
As the first hyperloop test run of 500 m in Nevada from Hyperloop one has already been a success. And many other countries showing great interest to try the technology. All this only shows how hyperloop has come as a great initiative to take world reliable transportation system to the next level.
However, it would be too early to make any judgement. Considering all the engaging minds working to come up with better version and previous work of Elon Musk. I will stay positive here. With that been said one thing for sure is, technology is only improving with each moving day. One of such example we have already discussed in our last article, which you can find here.
What’s your take on Hyperloop, let’s know in the comment section.