June 19, 2016

About the Hyperloop

Finding a means to move men and material over long distances quickly and cheaply is a conundrum that technologists and policy makers grapple with perpetually. The Hyperloop was proposed by Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX/Tesla in a white paper in 2013, as a replacement to the California High Speed Rail.  The Hyperloop is intended to be a new way to move people or freight quickly, safely and on-demand. Most of the air is removed from inside a long tube and a levitated vehicle is accelerated through it using a linear electric motor. The vehicle can glide quietly at airline speeds for long distances due to the extremely low aerodynamic drag and non-contact suspension. The system promises to be safe, quiet, weather-proof and energy efficient with no direct carbon emissions. Furthermore, it will be point-to-point, meaning for any user, the pod doors only open twice: once to let you in and once to let you out, hence leading to first and last mile solutions.


It’s simple – you start with a pod, that can be designed to transport both freight and passengers, these pods operate in tubes, which creates a controlled environment, you magnetically levitate the pods instead of using wheels, to eliminate friction , reduce the air pressure in tubes to eliminate almost all air resistance. All this creates a radically new way to move people or freight quickly, safely and on-demand at speeds of upto 1200 km/hr. Why is this important? India is the world’s fastest growing economy and requires faster, cheaper, safer, greener and more efficient transportation modes to deal with it’s economic growth. Our transportation infrastructure is a legacy of the colonial rule and hasn’t changed much ever since. The Hyperloop vision is to combine the speed of an airplane, with the capacity of a train, and the convenience of a car; to bring useful, fast, cheap, reliable mass transportation to the millions who can’t afford more than a bus, or who must travel faster than private jet; to do for people and cargo what global fiber networks did for the internet-on-demand, point to point transportation that’s at once banal and miraculous.