SpaceX, a renowned space exploration firm, has been spearheading the modes of transportation to be used in the future inside as well as outside of the earth’s atmosphere. One such concept by the company comes as the hyperloop. To support the development of functional prototypes, the firm holds a global annual competition called Hyperloop Pod Competition. This year, a team from India has made its way to the finals.
The competition saw a total of 1500 teams participating to create a “pod” or the travelling vessel for the hyperloop concept. The goal is simple, your pod should attain maximum speed and should correspondingly have comparative deceleration. No other criteria is put up in order to not put a limit on the creativity of the participants.
In this year’s competition, Team Avishkar Hyperloop from India has reached the list of top 21 teams shortlisted to be the finalists. As one of the finalists, the team will be visiting the SpaceX facility in California in July to test their version of the pod on the Hyperloop tunnel
Interestingly, most of the other teams are returning finalists in the competition while the team from India has made it for the first time. The total budget of the team for the competition has come close to Rs 1 crore, raised mostly through in-house funding, alumni, tech companies and crowdfunding.