Student team from IIT Madras reaches top 21 in global SpaceX Hyperloop competition

Avishkar was the only Asian team of students to enter the final round of the competition held in Los Angeles on 21 July.


Avishkar Hyperloop, a student hyperloop team from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, may not have taken home the ultimate prize at the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019, but they certain won the hearts of both, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk as well as co-founder of Virgin Hyperloop One, Josh Greigel while there.

Hailing from the Centre For Innovation (CFI) at IIT Madras, Avishkar was the only Asian team of students to enter the final round of the competition held in Los Angeles on 21 July. Led by second-year M Tech student Suyash Singh, a mechanical engineer, Avishkar Hyperloop was in the top 21, out of 1,600+ competing teams from around the world.

Student team from IIT Madras reaches top 21 in global SpaceX Hyperloop competition

Team Avishkar Hyperloop. Image: IIT Madras/Facebook

The winner of the competition was Team TUM (the Technical University of Munich), who set a record with their hyperloop speed: 463 kilometers per hour.

Avishkar Hyperloop, who's pod wasn't as record-setting, met Musk, who was all praise for their incredible work.

The Avishkar team hopes to develop technologies for a mode of high-speed transportation in the future, with applications in various fields including defence, logistics, and the aerospace industry, among others.

"The team has taken strenuous technical efforts at every stage and has been quite professional about executing the project. This is an important milestone for the future transportation technology in our country," said Dr SR Chakravarthy, Faculty Advisor to Avishkar Hyperloop from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at IIT Madras, told Analytics India magazine.

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