RTA to unveil Hyperloop design prototype

The first model of the Hyperloop that will link Dubai to Abu Dhabi in under 12 minutes will be unveiled in Dubai as part of the UAE Innovation Month. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Virgin Hyperloop One have also identified the routes for operating the Hyperloop. Mattar Al Tayer …

The first model of the Hyperloop that will link Dubai to Abu Dhabi in under 12 minutes will be unveiled in Dubai as part of the UAE Innovation Month.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Virgin Hyperloop One have also identified the routes for operating the Hyperloop.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said they have made “considerable progress in the technical, engineering and economic feasibility study of the project”.

The system is designed to transport about 10,000 passengers per hour in both directions at speeds up to 1,200kmph.

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Dubai’s RTA to premiere Hyperloop pod designs

“The Hyperloop is part of RTA’s initiatives for Dubai Future Accelerators. RTA and Virgin Hyperloop One Company have made considerable progress in the technical, engineering and economic feasibility study of the Project. Progress has also been made in identifying the routes for operating the …

The RTA has announced that it will exhibit its initial design of the Hyperloop as part of its participation in the UAE Innovation Month.

The Hyperloop boasts of deluxe interiors, cutting-edge broadcasting and display of information and entertainment materials as well as leather seats.
The Hyperloop boasts of deluxe interiors, cutting-edge broadcasting and display of information and entertainment materials as well as leather seats.

Mattar Al Tayer, the RTA’s Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, announced that the RTA will also exhibit several initiatives such as autonomous pods, high-frequency express buses, and the Urban Mobility Innovation Index (UMii).

“The launch of these initiatives reflects RTA’s strategy to transform 25% of total journeys in Dubai into driverless transport using different means by 2030. The strategy is focused on integrating public transit means with people’s happiness through the provision of smooth, express and innovative mobility means that support the efforts of ranking the UAE among the top 20 countries in the UMii by 2021,” said Al Tayer.

“The Hyperloop is part of RTA’s initiatives for Dubai Future Accelerators. RTA and Virgin Hyperloop One Company have made considerable progress in the technical, engineering and economic feasibility study of the Project. Progress has also been made in identifying the routes for operating the Hyperloop along with its initial design model, which will be exhibited for the first time in the world,” he added.

The Hyperloop boasts of deluxe interiors, cutting-edge broadcasting and display of information and entertainment materials as well as leather seats. The Hyperloop technology uses an electromagnetic propulsion system to accelerate the movement of goods and services through a vacuum tube. The system is designed to assist the levitation of the capsule slightly off the track within the tube and move it at speed up to 1200 km/hour. Accordingly, the Hyperloop can travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes, and lift about 10,000 passengers per hour in both directions.

“When introduced in the future, the Hyperloop technology will impact the town planning and the availability of parking spaces. It will revolutionise people mobility between various destinations in the city, logistical hubs like airports and ports, and shipping patterns,” commented Al Tayer.

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Lehigh Hyperloop changes structure, objective and name

In 2017, Lehigh’s Hyperloop club made it to the third phase of the SpaceX Hyperloop competition, which challenges students to design and build a transport pod prototype. Team members submitted a final design package in the fall. Though they soon learned they would not advance to the next round, …

In 2017, Lehigh’s Hyperloop club made it to the third phase of the SpaceX Hyperloop competition, which challenges students to design and build a transport pod prototype.

Team members submitted a final design package in the fall. Though they soon learned they would not advance to the next round, they were not disheartened. Instead, the group used it as an opportunity to switch gears.

Raymond Tetyevsky, ’20, a team captain, said Hyperloop pods need specific high-tech rails and tunnels to function, which club members did not have access to, leaving them unsure of how their pod would perform once installed.

“We’ve decided the best thing is to detach ourselves from (Hyperloop) and move on to bigger and better things,” Tetyevsky said. “Something that will make a difference (at Lehigh).”

Alexander Radetsky, ’20, a team captain, said club members spent the last two years developing hyperloop-related pods. They want their next project to be short-term and relevant — something the team canvisualize and implement in the moment.

That’s when an old prospect became a new goal.

The club’s attention was redirected toward a competition it had discovered in September but set aside during the Hyperloop competition.

HeroX’s “GoFly” challenges competitors to create a personal flying device that achieves vertical takeoff and landing, travels a minimum of 20 nautical miles and can carry one person.

“We’ve always been a transportation-oriented club,” Radetsky said. “GoFly is a competition that targets a different form of transportation: aerospace.”

Tetyevsky said the GoFly competition will last about two to three years. The first of three phases — research, development and design of the product — is due April 18.

Gencer Ates, ’19, a team captain, said the team has met tighter deadlines.

The second phase of the competition involves design implementation and phase three is constructing the craft. Once constructed and tested, the prototype will be brought to the location of the competition, which is still undetermined.

Nithin Rajaram, ’20, the club’s engineering and simulation leader, said there is a $2 million cash grand prize and many smaller cash prizes within the three phases. Goals within these phases include creating the quietest, fastest or most innovative design.

In addition to competition goals, team members have their own objectives.

Radetsky said the team would like the prototype to fit in the back of a pickup truck so it can be transported for testing, which could not be done with the Hyperloop.

Tetyevsky said he wants to promote safety.

Although he is excited for the project, Radetsky said the transition will be difficult. He said the flight dynamics for a craft like this are similar to taking off in a helicopter and switching to an airplane, mid-flight.

GoFly is not the only project the club is working on. Tetyevsky said it is also in the early stages of developing a project for Lehigh’s campus.

“We’re designing a new transportation system for Lehigh,” Tetyevsky said. “Something that’s greener, that would eliminate the diesel buses running up and down the Hill all the time, quieter, because those buses make a lot of noise, something quicker and something safer. On icy mornings, that hill is treacherous.”

The team is hoping to get involvement from railway companies in the Bethlehem area that were active in the past. Radetsky said they want the transportation system to be Lehigh-specific.

“It’s going to be a project designed and implemented by students,” Tetyevsky said. “To us, it is very important to build something that is sustainable for the club and for the other engineers that are coming in as freshmen, something that will be passed on well beyond when we leave.”

Because the team is no longer working on the Hyperloop project, the name of the club will be changed.

“It’s not a niche club, it’s not focused on only one particular thing,” Tetyevsky said. “We’re trying to develop (a name) that incorporates not just what we do, but who are.”

As the team’s objectives change, so will the structure.

Ates said that last year, mainly experienced upperclassmen had active roles in the club because they had the skills to design the Hyperloop. Now, the team is implementing a new system that allows all members to participate on at a more equal level.

Rajaram said older club members are now working to teach new members the skills and techniques they need, rather than taking on all the work themselves.

Hyperloop members come from a variety of engineering and business backgrounds, which allows members to work on multiple projects. The interdisciplinary nature of the team, however, was not always seen as a positive thing.

Radetsky said the divide between the business and engineering students was once clear. Now, IBE students oversee and integrate the two sides.

Ates said that anyone can join the club, regardless of major.

“As to what we can accomplish, we realize — which I think was a fault of the group before the restructure — how much people are capable of until you let them go,” Tetyevsky said. “You tell them less and they’ll give you more.”

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Dubai unveils prototype of Hyperloop design in UAE Innovation Month

On Feb 21, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai announced that, in collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One, it would unveil the prototype of Hyperloop design in the UAE Innovation Month. According to the announcement made by HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the …

OnFeb 21, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai announced that, in collaborationwith Virgin Hyperloop One, it would unveil the prototype of Hyperloop design inthe UAE Innovation Month.

Accordingto the announcementmade by HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board ofExecutive Directors of RTA, this will be the very first time for the Virgin HyperloopOne prototype to be exhibited in the world.

TheHyperloop is part of RTA’s initiatives for Dubai Future Accelerators. The RTA-VirginHyperloop One collaboration has made considerable progress in the technical,engineering and economic feasibility study of the Project.

Progressmade also included identifying the routes for operating the Hyperloop alongwith its initial design model, which will be exhibited for the first time inthe world.

Credit: RTA & Virgin Hyperloop One

TheHyperloop technology uses an electromagnetic propulsion system to acceleratethe movement of goods and services through a vacuum tube. The system isdesigned to assist the levitation of the capsule slightly off the track withinthe tube and move it at speed up to 1200 km/hour.

Thismeans that the Hyperloop can travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes andserve about 10,000 passengers per hour in both directions.

Atthe same time, Virgin Hyperloop One boasts of deluxe interiors, cutting-edgebroadcasting & display of information and entertainment materials as wellas leather seats.

“When introduced in future, the Hyperlooptechnology will impact the town planning and the availability of parkingspaces. It will revolutionize people mobility between various destinations inthe city, logistical hubs like airports & ports, and shipping patterns,” HEMattar Al Tayer commented.

“TheUAE and RTA were early supporters of our hyperloop technology, so it isparticularly exciting to be unveiling the Dubai Hyperloop pod with the RTA heretoday. Our focus in 2018 would be continuing the close collaboration with RTAto progress to the next phase of the project. Our aim would be to explore theviability of a wider UAE Hyperloop network,” Rob Lloyd, CEO of Virgin HyperloopOne added.

Otherthan the Hyperloop, RTA will also exhibit several initiatives such asAutonomous Pods, High-Frequency Express Buses, and the Urban MobilityInnovation Index (UMii).

RTA’sparticipation in the UAE Innovation Month includes organizing an exhibition inRTA’s premises displaying Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, displaying futuretransport projects, and holding an innovation lab in addition to workshops andlectures hosting global experts and speakers.

Self-Driving Transport Pods

Duringthe UAE Innovation Month, the RTA will exhibit the Self-Driving Transport PodsProject which will undergo trial runs as announced by the RTA during the WorldGovernment Summit.

Thesemobility pods, the first of its kind worldwide, have been designed to travelover short and medium distances on dedicated lanes.

Theycan be coupled in 15 to 20 seconds or detached, depending on the destination ofriders, in 5 seconds. They are fitted with cameras and electromechanicaltechnologies to carry out the coupling and detaching processes, and thisfeature can be activated in-motion.

Eachpod is designed to travel short and medium distances and has a capacity toaccommodate ten riders – six seated and four standing.

Urban Mobility Innovation Index (UMii)

Atthe same time, RTA will also exhibit the UMii with the aims of: (1) maximisingpotential benefits, (2) enhancing collaboration with cities, (3) benchmarkingmobility innovation, (4) providing a database of cities with advancedinnovative mobility.

Thesemobility innovations are aimed at achieving self-improvement through sharingexpertise and using joint indicators towards implementing RTA’s Self-DrivingTransport Strategy; which is compatible with Dubai Smart Self-Driving TransportStrategy.

Accordingto HE Mattar Al Tayer, the launch of these initiatives is in line with theGovernment’s efforts to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world. Itis also part of RTA’s efforts to provide autonomous transport, which requirescarrying out technological tests on these means under Dubai’s climaticconditions.

“It reflects RTA’s strategy to transform 25% oftotal journeys in Dubai into driverless transport using different means by2030. The strategy is focused on integrating public transit means with people’shappiness through the provision of smooth, express and innovative mobilitymeans that support the efforts of ranking the UAE among the top 20 countries inthe UMii by 2021,” HE Mattar Al Tayer added.

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