Hyperloop is proposed fifth mode of high speed terrestrial transportation of goods (passengers or freights) in a “capsule or pod” propelled through a narrow pressurized vacuum tube. The term “High speed” would approximately reach the double of the fastest bullet train ever recordedin the history of terrestrial transportation or could lead more than the airline speed.Isn’t it amazing to travel at such high speed and reach the destination like something out of sci-fi movies.
But wait, how is it possible to do so?
The answer is quite simple. Physic 101. Reduced friction increases the speed and the key ingredient of hyperloop is maximum reduced friction. And how is it able to do that?? We know that the more the surface contact, more is the friction between them. Hyperloop will have ability to keep almost no surface contact during the motion that is; the pod would accelerate to cruising speed gradually using linear electric motors and glide over the track using the passive magnetic levitation or the air bearings throughout the journey.
The air resistance is overcome by reduced pressure inside the tube .Concept of high speed travelling in a pod through the vacuum tubes was a fantasy to many and decades of research was dedicated to it.
Finally in 2012 Elon Musk came up with an idea to possibly make things work with hyperloop. The outline of the original Hyperloop concept was made public with the release of a preliminary design.
Hyperloop unlocks the door to another generation in science.Who knows some day we might be able to teleport from one place to another in flick of a time.
It included a suggested route running from the Los Angeles region to the San Francisco Bay Area. Preliminary analysis indicated that such a route might obtain an expected journey time of 35 minutes, meaning that passengers would travel the 350-mile (560 km) route at an average speed of around 600 mph (970km/h), with a top speed of 760 mph (1,200 km/h) which simply put is very fast. In 2013 a group of engineers from Tesla and SpaceX worked on the conceptual modeling of the hyperloop. Musk also invited feedbacks from the engineers all over the world to improve it and hence it was further announced as an open source design.
Numerous engineers have been working to develop the hyperloop with effective and efficient design of it. “Hyperloop One” is startups with a team of dedicated 200 engineers have been working to bring the transportation system to market. MIT
hyperloop team developed the first hyperloop pod prototype which was exhibited in MIT museum in May 13, 2016. Itwas based on electrodynamic suspension for levitation and used eddy current braking.
The Future of Hyperloop SpaceX has announced to sponsor and has also built a mile long hyperloop track for subscale testing near the SpaceX headquarters. Just one year after winning the hyperloop pod competition, the MIT hyperloop pod demonstrated the first ever low pressure hyperloop test run in the world .
Different competitions are beingorganized all over the world for more better industrial designs of hyperloop with improved functionality and flexibility. Not only the speed as the unique factor, some also use renewable energy resources as powering source such as solar power, wind energy, regenerative breaking making it eco-friendly ,a prior agenda with different transportation mediums in the world.
Hyperloop unlocks the door to another generation in science. Who knows some day we might be able to teleport from one place to another in flick of a time.