These IIT Madras students win SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's heart with HyperLoop Pod
They may not have won the competition, but they definitely won the hearts of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Virgin Hyperloop One Co-founder Josh Geigel with their project that can help build an autonomous Hyperloop Pod in India.
Avishkar Hyperloop, the student team from the Centre for Innovation (CFI) at IIT Madras, was the only Asian team to enter the final of the "SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019" held in Los Angeles on July 21. They may not have won the competition, but they definitely won the hearts of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Virgin Hyperloop One Co-founder Josh Geigel with their project that can help build an autonomous Hyperloop Pod in India.
Led by Suyash Singh, a second-year M.Tech student at the department of mechanical engineering, Avishkar Hyperloop is working on an indigenous design and development for building the first-ever self-propelled, completely autonomous Hyperloop Pod in India.
Later the competition was won by Team TUM (Technical University of Munich), who set a new speed record of 463 km per hour, Avishkar Hyperloop met Musk, who was all praise for their stupendous work.
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The team works with a vision to develop technologies for a future mode of high-speed transportation with applications in various fields, including defence, logistics and aerospace industry, among others.
Avishkar was one of the top 21 teams to be selected out of over 1,600 teams globally. Earlier, the Indian team visited Virgin Hyperloop One`s facility in Los Angeles and took a tour.
(With IANS inputs)