Secures a place among the top six teams worldwide ~
India, 10 October 2023: MIT-World Peace University’s student group, ‘Team Vegapod Hyperloop,’ achieved a position among the world’s top six teams, unveiling a fully functional prototype at the esteemed European Hyperloop Week. Being the exclusive Asian participant to successfully navigate stringent testing and safety documentation, the team showcased a scalable Hyperloop prototype, proudly representing India at the event held at the University of Edinburgh in the UK.
A team consisting of 25 students with diverse backgrounds in engineering and management was led by Purnesh Jain, Team Captain of Vegapod Hyperloop, Chaitanya Sahasrabudhe, Vegapod Hyperloop’s Chief Engineer and Business Manager, Shubham Gandhi guided by Ganesh Karandikar, the Head of MIT-WPU’s School of Mechanical Engineering, along with Omkar Kulkarni, Assistant Professor at MIT-WPU. Known as the future of transportation, Hyperloop is an advanced high-speed system designed for the rapid movement of passengers and cargo within cylindrical pods traveling at speeds of approximately 600-700 miles per hour.
Ganesh Karandikar, the Head of MIT-WPU’s School of Mechanical Engineering, expressed, “This achievement fills us with tremendous pride and underscores our commitment to inspiring our students to pioneer enduring solutions for a diverse range of real-world challenges, always with a conscious focus on both the economy and the environment.”
The prototype garnered recognition for the use of sustainable materials, featuring a fully recyclable mechanical subsystem and the use of eco-friendly materials like hemp and flax fibre. It also has innovative features such as having a contactless lateral stability, and a unique pneumatics braking system and an advanced and robust electronics and electrical subsystem, earning admiration from the Hyperloop community.
The prototype received acclaim for its incorporation of sustainable materials, including a fully recyclable mechanical subsystem and the utilization of environmentally friendly materials such as hemp and flax fiber. Additionally, it boasts innovative attributes like a contactless lateral stability system, a distinctive pneumatic braking mechanism, and a highly advanced and durable electronics and electrical subsystem, earning accolades within the Hyperloop community.
Furthermore, the team took an active role in participating in panel discussions, delivering presentations to technical experts, and engaging with policymakers, industry pioneers, and fellow student teams from leading universities.
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