SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, will organise Hyperloop Pod Competition II in August 2017 at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The competition will see the participation of 24 teams from across the world including a team from India’s BITS Pilani.
BITS Pilani’s team will be participating in the competition with name Hyperloop India.
About the Indian team
Reports suggest that the Indian team constitutes of 25 participants from premier colleges of India. Each participant of the Hyperloop India team, mostly engineering and management students, will put their heads together to build the pod that would meet the high-speed norms of the futuristic transport system Hyperloop.
They started their work the project on 22 May 2017 at Bengaluru-based fabrication facility, Workbench Projects. Under the project they will develop OrcaPod, a prototype for speeds of up to 460 kilometres per hour by 1 August 2017, a deadline set by them.
Hyperloop India is the only team in the country to reach the final design stage.
Sibesh Kar is the team lead and founder of Hyperloop India. He is pursuing MSc in Physics as well as B.E. Mechanical Engineering degree at BITS Pilani. Anupama Gowda is the co-founder of Workbench Projects.
Budget of the Indian Prototype, OrcaPod: Rs 75 lakhs
About the Hyperloop Pod Competition II
SpaceX in its details says that the competition, which is the first of its kind anywhere in the world, seeks to accelerate the development of functional prototypes and encourage innovation by challenging teams to design and build the best high-speed pod. Hyperloop Competition II focus on a single criterion: maximum speed.
The Pod Design Competition by the company is the second in the current year. The first competition organised in January 2017 saw the participation of 27 teams at the SpaceX Hyperloop track in Hawthorne.
Who: Hyperloop India
When: August 2017