What is Hyperloop Technology?
Hyperloop is basically a new mode of transportation road forward by billionaire and entrepreneur Elon Musk. Passengers will seat in a pressurized capsule or pod that rides on the equation of air inside a seal near vacuum panel. The pod will be lifted up the ground using either magnetic levitation similar to Maglev train or air pressure. And as the system will operate in an environment with no air resistance, the pods will be able to travel very fast.
How fast you ask? The maximum speed of Hyperloop will be mind-boggling 1200 Km/h. if you’re not impressed by that number which honestly you should be let me tell you that an average commercial airplane travel at just 700-900 km/h.
The fastest train at the moment can fairly cross the 600 km/h. The Hyperloop is in fact so fast that it will actually reach very close to the speed of sound.
Advantages And Disadvantages
First advantages are as we just saw as its impressive speed. Travel time will be cut down dramatically. For example, if you want to go Mumbai to Delhi it currently takes almost 24 hours of nonstop driving if you choose to travel by road. And if you want to choose to travel by Rajdhani train then it will take almost 14 hours. And more than 2 hours by airplane.
Hyperloop will cut it down to just 80 minutes. And you won’t be required to go through all the hassle you face at the airport. It is also very energy efficient. Once the pod has to accelerate to the desired speed it concludes the long the tunnel. Also, the solar panel will be fitted on the top of the structure which will be able to generate more power than the Hyperloop consume.
The access electricity will be stored for use at night and times when the lack of solar energy. Thus Hyperloop system will be completely self-sufficient and won’t require any other source of power. It is envisioned that tickets will cost less than plane tickets and it also will be safer than other modes of transportation.
2. Disadvantages and Challenges
Although most of the people are excited at the prospect of Hyperloop technology and someone are not convinced. Critics are pointing out that traveling in a narrow windowless capsule inside a sealed tunnel can be the terrifying experience for the passengers. Also, the vibration along with fast acceleration could cause motion sickness. If their force applies failure it might be difficult to evacuate people stuck between two stations.
Also, creating and maintaining long stretches of the low-pressure vacuum-like condition will be a seriously big challenge.
Hyperloop Train in India
India may well become the first countries to have this futuristics of transportation. A lot of governments have shown interest in bringing Hyperloop to India. I will talk about three companies that are actively involved in India at present.
- Hyperloop Transportation Technologies: This U.S based company has signed an agreement with Andhra Pradesh government to build a Hyperloop project connecting Amravati to Vijayawada. The distance will be covered in just 6 minutes oppose the current travel time of approximately 1 hour. The company has also proposed a road between Chennai and Bengaluru. If things go as plan the distance of 345 km could be cover in just 30 minutes.
- Hyperloop One: On 22nd February 2018 the company entered into a memorandum of standing with the government of Maharashtra to build a Hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune. That was cut down the travel time from the current 180 minutes to just 20 minutes.
- GroundWorks: The third one is an Indian company based in Indore. It has proposed a corridor between Mumbai to Delhi passing via Indore, Kota, and Jaipur.
Hyperloop is still far from starting commercial operations. On 28th December 2017 version Hyperloop One announced that during the test run the system clock speed of nearly 387 km/h. This is the fastest speed they have reached so far. The company has also unveiled the first pod in Dubai. They have an ambitious goal of tell bring of fully operational this system as early as 2021.
Now we have to follow this assumption that this is the travel futures. We will be able to travel in an efficient manner and spend much less power. However, the first investment that will be very much. This system will cost a lot to build but once it is created then the operating cost which will be reduced as compared to any train or airplane.
Interestingly, the idea of trains or pods running through sealed tubes is not a new one. It is, in fact, more than 100 years old. But this time around it might actually become reality.