Top Speed: Hyperloop Programme Gains Momentum
When you need to urgently travel across the country, your best bet is to take a plane.
However, often all the flights are booked and you have to resort to a train which is undoubtedly a much slower way to travel. Well, thankfully there may soon be another option!
The Hyperloop system that is being developed by Elon Musk of SpaceX, is a highly ambitious scheme that hopes to integrate a futuristic type of technology for railways into India’s deeply ingrained infrastructure.
If the Hyperloop system is engineered into the Indian Railways, it will totally revolutionize the way that people travel around the country. In effect, the technology would be able to cut the travel time from Mumbai to Delhi (1422 kms) to a mere 80 minutes, from Chennai to Mumbai (1337 kms) to just 60 minutes, from Kolkata to Mumbai (1942 kms) to one hour, and from Thiruvananthapuram to Bengalaru (682 kms) to only 40 minutes.
The Hyperloop, if successful, will be able to transport individuals at speeds that are equal to what a plane travels at. Simply put, this would be made possible through the “power of vacuum”.
Based out of Los Angeles, Hyperloop One is a company that has visionary plans to create networks of railways that have pod-like vehicles which travel through vacuum tubes at a speed of approximately 1126 kilometres an hour.
These futuristic trains will be driven forward by an electromagnetic levitation force that is very similar to what is used in the Maglev trains of Japan and China. This system would not only be much quieter, but also undoubtedly far more environmentally friendly. Depending on the scope of room available, the tubes may either be buried underground or elevated.
According to Hyperloop One CEO, Rob Lloyd said, “A transportation system like Hyperloop will undoubtedly ease the pressure on existing infrastructure while enhancing the quality of life”.
Recently announced in Delhi, the project will most likely have four routes between the five major cities, with a few additional stops in between. While the plan has not been studied as yet for its feasibility, the talks going around are largely positive.
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by techtalks @TechTalks May 9, 2017 12:24 PM UTC