Remember all that excitement about being able to travel from Bengaluru to Chennai in half an hour?That’s the kind of ease of travel that Hyperloop One, an LA-based company, promised to give us if we figure out how to set up the technology in India.
Well, some revolutionary stuff is about to go down, guys!
Back in 2013, Elon Musk proposed Hyperloop, a pod-like vehicle that would propel through a reduced-pressure tube. If you’re having difficulty understanding all the scientific jargon, here’s video that explains the concept.
When Hyperloops become reality, you’ll be able to jump into a pod and zip effortlessly across huge distances in freakishly small amounts of time.
Now, Musk and his company SpaceX have open-sourced the design of the Hyperloop pod.
Since then, several student bodies have been developing their own prototypes to compete in a pod design competition at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
Hyperloop India the only team from India that is participating in this competition.
Team Hyperloop India is a not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary think tank comprising of the best minds from the top engineering and B-Schools of the country.
The team represents the ambitions, passion, and engineering prowess of India's next generation of insane talent.
They’re building OrcaPod, inspired by the Orca whale.
On completion, the pod will weight 300 kgs and will be 4m long. They’ve partnered with a Bangalore-based company, Workbench Projects, for the sourcing, fabrication, fundraising, assembly, logistics, and execution of the pod.
They’ve had support from a bunch of a bunch of manufacturing companies from South Asia's biggest industrial area, called Peenya, while building OrcaPod, but now they need you.
How You Can Help
The cost of building an OrcaPod ranges from Rs. 80 lakh to a crore. And so company has set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the project, alongside their efforts of raising funds and getting sponsorships from corporates.
Hyperloop technology stands to ease India’s growing problems of pollution and traffic congestion like we’ve never seen before. And, tbh, it’s just seriously, seriously cool.
This is a chance to be part of a revolution in the transport industry. Go give what you can!