IIT Madras to host India’s first ‘Global Hyperloop Pod Competition’

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News: Indian Institute of Technology Madras will organize India’s first Global Hyperloop Pod Competition, in July 2020, to increase awareness and enthusiasm about Hyperloop in India.

Facts:

  • Hyperloop: It is a proposed mode of transportation, a high-speed train that travels in a near-vacuum tube. The concept was first proposed by Elon Musk,CEO of the aerospace firm SpaceX.
  • Technology: It comprises a network of tubes through which a pod may travel free of air resistance or friction conveying people or objects from one point to another.
  • Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop Project: In 2018, Maharashtra Government had approved the Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop project and has been declared a public infrastructure project. When commissioned, the hyperloop will cover 117.5km distance from Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in suburban Mumbai to Wakad in Pune in 23 minutes.