India Takes Over Pod CompetitionMarch 21, 2020
Everybody is used to the international and prestigious Hyperloop Pod Competition that is held by Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the United States. It was introduced in 2015 and since then the contest has been organised annually for four editions. However, since there are no news about this year’s program, people have been wondering if it is going to happen at all.
Now, it looks like the contest has changed its host country to India. To the Chennai campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), to be exact. It is the new place where in July this year teams from all over the globe can present their recently improved and carefully designed models.
Madras is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and it is also called the automotive capital of Asia. IIT Madras has been ranked under NIRF as number one for four consecutive years (2016 – 2019), meaning that it is the best engineering institution in the country under NIRF by MHRD, Government of India. The institute houses the Centre For Innovation, which serves as a workspace for the students who choose to bring out some innovation with their ideas, just like team Avishkar.
A while back we have been taking a closer look at this Indian hyperloop team going by the name of Avishkar. You can access the article here.
It was the only Asian team that has been selected to compete in the competition in 2019. The team from Madras has designed India’s first self-propelled and fully automated pod back then. Now, Avishkar members will be helping to organise the whole event at IIT Madras but will no be able to participate as contestants. In return, they will assist in creating a platform for all the participants.
Student teams that wish to enter the contest will have to first design a working prototype of a hyperloop pod in a subscale. The design briefing part is the first round of the contest. After that the design submission will commence. The submission of an Intent to Compete form is due on April 10, 2020.
The submitted projects will have to consist of a design overview, subsystem details, safety measures and the business plan. The evaluation process will be run by various distinguished professors and experts in respective domains. The teams that want to keep competing have time to file the Design Report until April 20, 2020.
After that, the short-listed teams which were selected on April 25 will have a chance to compete in the final round. They will run the pods they have manufactured on an open-air track at IIT Madras Hyperloop Test Track at the IIT Madras Campus in Chennai, India. The evaluation process of this section will be based on the previously judged factors combined with the aesthetics of the finished prototype. The judges will be chosen among the professors, alumni and domain experts willing to take part in this event. The goal for the track is to eventually have it enclosed in a vacuum tube.
Three teams that have performed the best, taking under consideration their calculated cumulative score, will be awarded. The final round will take place on July 12, 2020.