Get ready, people; India's dream of being on the world map of futuristic transport technology just got a step closer. A month ago, we shared how Hyperloop India, a unique multi-disciplinary multi-university think tank working on reinventing transportation in India had partnered with Bengaluru-based Workbench Projects to build the first pod prototype that could travel twice the speed of a airplane’s speed. While everything else was on track, the only problem that they were facing was in finding funding for the project. And now, that obstacle has been cleared by Chennai-based Hindustan University.

According to latest development, Hindustan University, which is considered amongst the crucial pioneers of Aeronautical Engineering in the Indian subcontinent has agreed to sponsor the Hyperloop India team, which will help them in realising their mission of participating in the final stage of Elon Musk's SpaceX Hyperloop Competition Weekend to be held soon in Hawthorne, California.

Hyperloop India consists of 80 students from BITS Pilani, Indian School of Business (ISB), IIM-Ahmedabad, National Institute of Design, RV College of Engineering, Xavier’s Institute of Management, amongst others. Their pod prototype ‘OrcaPod’, which inspired by Orca, the whale, has been selected for the final stage of SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Design competition. The Pod is scheduled to be officially unveiled to the world in the last week of July, 2017 at Bengaluru.

For the uninitiated, the Hyperloop system is actually a concept proposed by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk in the year 2012 wherein trains can travel at supersonic speeds up to 800mph (1,300km/h) using reduced pressure tubes. These Pressurised capsule pods also known as the train carriages will ride on an air cushion in steel tubes driven by linear induction motors and air compressors, which allows them to go faster than the trains that are currently in motion. This concept was originally conceptualised and prototyped by American inventor Alfred Beach in the 19th century.

Though Musk proposed the concept, he made clear that he is not interested in commercialising the technology by himself. Hence, now several startups are working on different methods to make their own version of the technology. Hyperloop India is one of these many firms.

Hindustan University has inked a partnership deal with Hyperloop India, which will see the Chennai-based University providing the company a monetary assistance of Rs. 11.5 lakh. The University considers the sponsorship deal as its own way of making a small contribution in encouraging innovation in students to change the future of transport all around the world, especially India.

Commenting on the MoU signed between the two parties, Ashok Verghese, Director, Hindustan University said to The News Minute, “As a country poised towards growth, India has to encourage innovation to bring about solutions to its diverse problems. Also, the purpose of engineers is to resolve those problems in a technically feasible and commercially viable mode."

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