Last Updated on June 9, 2018 by Admin
Today we all are in an age of astonishing progress in the field of computing with the internet having reformed the way information is exchanged on a global level. It seems like every day the electronic chips get smaller and the storage space gets larger. One would think such changes would have brought about a new age of smart technology. However for the last so many years in many areas of life, things
don’t seem to have changed all that much and transportation is a mournful example of this. The roads are still lined with cars, the skies dotted with airliners. The science fiction stories of decades past foresaw flying cars and teleporters, but the 21st century has had to settle for Seaways.
Dreams never die, however, and the fantasy of futuristic transportation is very much alive
right now as exemplified by a concept called the Hyperloop While it’s not quite as mind-shattering as a teleporter or as fun as a personal jetpack, the Hyperloop could revolutionize mass transit, cutting travel times on land and reducing environmental damage in the process.
What is the Hyperloop?
The Hyperloop is a concept proposed by billionaire inventor Elon Musk, CEO of the electric car company Tesla and aerospace firm SpaceX. It is a reaction to the California High-speed Rail system currently under development, a bullet train system that Musk feels is lackluster, as it will be one of the most expensive and slow-moving in the world. A one way trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles (about 400 miles, approx 644 km) on the Hyperloop is projected to take about 35 minutes.
with a cushion of air that permits the pod to move safely at such high speeds, like a puck gliding over an air hockey table.
Why the need?
Conventional means of transportation (road, water, air, and rail) tend to be some mix of expensive, slow, and environmentally harmful. Road travel is particularly problematic, given carbon emissions and the fluctuating price of oil. As the environmental dangers of energy consumption continue to worsen, mass transit will be crucial in the years to come.
Although Elon Musk postulated the idea, SpaceX is not developing a commercial Hyperloop of its own. Instead, it has been holding various competitions to encourage students and engineers to develop prototype pods. To facilitate this, SpaceX has built a one mile test track in California. The contest was a way for engineers and companies to get the ball rolling to make the Hyperloop system a reality.
use air jets to levitate, the MIT design uses two arrays of neodymium magnets to keep the pod aloft. Additional magnets inside the pod keep it stable as it races along the track. The power of the prototype was impressive, though it’s still very far from a commercial product given it currently lacks
space for passengers or even cargo.
Weekend I,” in which completed pods raced on the test track. A team from Delft University in the Netherlands took the top prize.
the future to become a little bit clearer.
tracks, and HTT has recently announced a partnership with Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum, an engineering firm specializing in vacuum technology, and Aecom, an international corporation providing technical project support. The companies will receive stock options in exchange for their involvement.
Town Stadium. This partnership represents a tremendous vote of confidence in the Hyperloop, and brings much needed legitimacy to a project that had been, until recently, a pipe dream.
the global population swells and the environment declines, however, better mass transit systems will become essential. Leonard Bernstein once claimed that great endeavors require two things: “a plan, and not quite enough time.” The plan for the Hyperloop is there, but how much time do we have?
make money without charging ticket prices. For example, we can sell excess energy to the grid as well as implement premium services, such as premium advertising,” Bibop Gresta, HTT chairman and chief operating officer, told CNBC Asia Speaking on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Community conference in Kuala Lumpur, he said the concept could be implemented in India for certain time slots, if the project is approved.”Is a ticket still a viable way of monetizing users in the 21st century? Probably
not. We are looking to humanize transportation.”As the brainchild of Musk, who first announced the idea in 2012, it’s a concept straight out of science fiction and has been deemed the “fifth mode of transportation.” Unlike the others, HTT utilizes a magnetic technology that allows its capsules to levitate
and move. It is currently in negotiations for 20 projects across the world, including the U.S., Chile, Botswana, Egypt, the U.A.E, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Russia and Australia. HTT claims its technology is cheaper to build than regular high-speed trains, which Modi’s government has already been considering nation-wide. In 2017, Indian Railways is set to begin construction on a bullet train connecting Mumbai to Ahmedabad. “This can be the biggest opportunity or the biggest disaster for India. they can either choose the wrong technology and throw the country into the 19th century or bring the country into the 22nd century,” Gresta exclaimed.
around 146 people in what was deemed the worst train accident since 2010, ramping up pressure on Modi to invest in new infrastructure.
carbon dioxide and produces oxygen, vertical gardens around pylons, and a system that absorbs dew from air and releases water to farmers. “We’re also looking to embed a desalinization system so you can pick up water from the sea and clean it. When you have a pipeline and solar panels, you already have desalinization; you just need heat, which we have plenty of to harvest in the system.” Everything about HTT seems disruptive to conventional practices, even its business structures. “This is a better model because it doesn’t need to play the capitalistic game,” hesaid. “There’s a radical reasoning behind this. It is about contesting the consumption model that is affecting everything.”
A step towards bringing Hyperloop in India.
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Architecture, Structural, Computer & IT, Electrical & Electronics engineers when Hyperloop become the realty. So Stay focused on the future of transportation and grab the opportunity.