One cannot deny the fact that, the technological advancements are among the most significant things that happened to humanity. This growth in technology not only changes the material condition of our existence but also reshapes the cultural value and of course the human nature itself. In this regard, one of the major technological revolutions happened in the recent times is the renowned Hyperloop concept.
Just a while ago, the TU Delft student team Delft Hyperloop presented the new Hyperloop in the third part of the Hyperloop Pod League of SpaceX. Delft Hyperloop unveiled the Atlas 01, which consists of a pod and a launched at the event in TU Delft today. With this, the team is aiming to bring feasible and high-speed travel between Amsterdam and the rest of Europe under 30 minutes by traveling within an airless vacuum tube. Further, the team is all geared up to participate in the Hyperloop competition at Space X which will be held on July 22.
In fact, TU Delft is one of twenty teams qualified to participate in the third part of the Hyperloop Pod Competition.
What is Hyperloop?
For the uninitiated, Hyperloop is a revolutionary ground transport system, still in the initial stage that lets the passenger travel over 700 miles/hour in floating pods within low-pressure tubes. Unlike cars and trains, it won’t be having any wheels, rather float on air just like magnetic levitation.
Atlas 01 – The fastest Hyperloop!
Dubbed as Atlas 01, the TU Delft team to hopes to establish a speed more than 384 kilometers per hour shattering the world speed record. According to the TU Delft student team, the Delft Hyperloop consists of two parts: the launcher and the passenger module. In this module, launcher acts as a chassis that moves the capsule and slows it down. Having said that, the team took one extra step and also designed a passenger module, where it can be on the launcher to carry passengers and freight at high speeds.
Lightweight vehicle with powerful motor is the secret!
The components of this sample rate to be fully optimized. “It’s all about the power-to-weight ratio. We fought for every gram,”says team leader Edouard Hyperloop Schneiders. According to the team, a combination of a powerful motor with a lightweight vehicle seems to the ideal combination. The Delft capsule is very light due to the use of carbon fiber and uses magnets to hover above the track
Lipo batteries and Fail-safe system!
The energy source for this Hyperloop is composed of lipo batteries, with a high power-to-weight ratio, protected by an air-tight battery pack. In addition to it, the pneumatic brakes are provided with a fail-safe system. Having said that, the parts of the launcher and pod were tested by the students in the Netherlands, and they also rely on simulations as well.
According to Delft team, traveling in functional Hyperloop will be as expensive as flying since a kilometer route will cost 40 million euros, but will consume four times less energy. In addition to traveling, Hyperloop tunnels can be also used for storing rainwater and installing cables for energy and data too.
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