About us
Our efforts to build the future
Overview

Avishkar Hyperloop is a student team of IIT Madras. We are a dynamic team of 30 engineers, designers and business leaders who have come together to demonstrate technical feasibility and viability in this concept and are spearheading the country’s attempt at SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition 2019. We work together at IIT Madras’ student innovation lab – Centre For Innovation (CFI) - with the common goal of making the best Hyperloop Pod and helping humanity move one step closer to achieving an incredible new mode of transport. We have been shortlisted globally as one among the top 21 teams for the Final Round of the competition to be held at SpaceX Headquarters at Los Angeles, California in July 2019.

Team


Every path breaking innovation is a revolution in itself. In September 2017, a team from IIT Madras began its journey as Team Avishkar Hyperloop, determined to set a benchmark through the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition. In our first attempt, we propelled as one among the 47 teams selected globally to be qualified for the Final Design Round. Motivation of the team has grown exponentially following the feedbacks and suggestions from various stakeholders. With greater enthusiasm, the team participated in the next edition of the competition in the following year, 2019. In this attempt, the team has managed to reach the Final Round of the competition, standing among the Top 21 Finalists, while being the only one from the Asian Continent. As the team progresses further, the urge to contribute to the development of technologies shall remain and continue to grow manifold times.

The Institute

Located in Chennai - the automotive capital of Asia, IIT Madras, which was set up in 1959, is one of the premier institutions in the Indian subcontinent. It has been ranked under NIRF as #1 for four consecutive years (2016 - 2019) as the best Engineering Institution in the country under NIRF by MHRD, Government of India. While nurturing students to contribute to the development of the country, the institute has laid down several pathways to support its wide student base, in various spheres of life. With support of its esteemed alumni of over 60 years, the institute houses - one of it kind - Centre For Innovation, which serves as a workspace for the students who choose to bring out some innovation with their ideas. It is also home to various other student teams, which represent IIT Madras and India at several competitions being conducted all across the globe.

Hyperloop

Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, unveiled the idea of Hyperloop to the World through a White Paper - Hyperloop Alpha. It is the fifth mode of transportation that moves freight and people quickly, safely and directly from the origin to destination. Passengers or cargos are loaded into the Hyperloop pod and accelerated gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The proposed Hyperloop model can achieve a top speed of over 1200 kmph. It is completely autonomous, safe, clean and enclosed. More importantly, Hyperloop is environment friendly and doesn't call for much maintenance too. Hyperloop has been "open-sourced" by Elon Musk and SpaceX to attract innovations and improvements in the concept, thus optimising the technology and bringing out the better version of itself.

The Competition

To increase awareness and enthusiasm about Hyperloop, The Hyperloop Pod Competition is organized and sponsored by SpaceX, where a number of student teams from across the globe participate to design and build a subscale prototype transport vehicle to demonstrate technical feasibility of various aspects of the Hyperloop concept. This competition primarily focuses on one key aspect – speed. The competition is open to all globally and the final judgement shall take place in the United States. The fastest pod with successful deceleration wins. Having cleared the Preliminary Design Briefing and the Final Design Briefing, a few selected teams make it to the final round, wherein, the teams develop a fully functional prototype of their design and run it through the 1-mile long vacuum tube installed at the SpaceX headquarters, Hawthorne, California.