Daily Current Affairs – 2020
Topic: For Prelims and Mains
Why in news?
The proposed Pune-Mumbai Hyperloop project, may be scrapped by the state government.
What is the Hyperloop technology?
- It is system of magnetically levitating capsules (pods) that are sent at high speeds through low-pressure tubes.
- It envisages tube modular transport system that runs free of friction.
- It uses linear Induction motors in it to control speed of pods.
- It would also be thrice or four times as fast as a bullet train, with an average speed that would be twice of an aircraft.
How it works?
- The high speed is achieved as the pods, which carry passengers, move using magnetic levitation.
- The speed increases further due to the near-vacuum conditions inside the tubes, which reduce resistance to the pod as it travels within the tube.
- Note: Magnetic levitation is a method by which an object is suspended with no support other than magnetic fields.
- Once developed fully, it could make the transportation of people and goods easier, faster and less expensive.
- Hyperloop departures could happen with a low frequency of a pod every 20 seconds which is not possible in railways.
Fact For Prelims
Submarine-launched ballistic missile, K-4:
- Range: 3,500 km.
- The Circular Error Probability (CEP) of the K-4 is much more sophisticated than most countries which possess similar missiles.
- The CEP determines the accuracy of a missile.
- The lower the CEP, the more accurate the missile would be in targeting.
- It is the flagship showcase of the Indian electrical industry and a platform to connect the world with the Indian industry in respect of technology, new trends and innovation for the future energy transition.
- It is a platform for knowledge-sharing with a strong focus on electric vehicles, Internet of Things (IoT), storage solutions and renewable energy.
- It is supported by the Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India.