An Inspiration From Madras

An Inspiration From Madras

February 22, 2020 0 By Looper

While everyone is still waiting for more information on this year’s competition, it seems like it is a good time to take a closer look at the teams that entered the contest in 2019.

One of the things that can easily be noticed is that a significant number of teams come from the United States. The rest of them (apart from one) come from various European countries and those are the contestants that usually have been reaching the podium over the years. However, there is one group that stands out from the rest and that is Avishkar Hyperloop – the only Asian team that has been selected to compete in the 2019 Hyperloop Pod Competition organized by SpaceX and held in Los Angeles on July 21.

The team members come from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras which is considered to be one of the best institutes in the country when it comes to higher technological education and research. The team comprises of 30 students who are engineers, designers and business leaders.

Their idea for the contest was to build the first ever self-propelled, fully autonomous pod. In 2019 they have designed and built a vehicle that had three metres in length (almost ten feet) and weighed about 120 kg (around 265 pounds).

Although this team did not win the competition, it surely made a great impression on both Elon Musk and Josh Giegel, co-founder and CTO o Virgin Hyperloop One. So much so, that the team members have been invited to visit the headquarters of VHO. Together with Giegel, they discussed company’s plans to create the first hyperloop network in India.

Avishkar Hyperloop has brought a little diversity to the competition and hopefully inspired some young, creative engineers to follow in their footsteps so that we could see more teams from different parts of the world this year.