Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation that moves freight and people quickly, safely, on-demand and direct from origin to destination. Passengers or cargo are loaded into the hyperloop vehicle and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The vehicle floats above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. Virgin Hyperloop systems will be built on columns or tunneled below ground to avoid dangerous grade crossings and wildlife. It’s fully autonomous and enclosed, eliminating pilot error and weather hazards. It’s safe and clean, with no direct carbon emissions. Hyperloop is additive to existing forms of transportation and will integrate seamlessly with the transport ecosystem.
There are four key differences between Hyperloop and other similar projects. It’s faster, as in two to three times faster than the fastest high-speed rail. It’s on-demand and direct. Trains follow a schedule and typically have multiple stops. Hyperloop leaves when you’re ready to go, and pods can depart up to several times per minute and can transport passengers and cargo direct to their destination with no stops along the way. It’s environmentally friendly, with a smaller environmental impact, more efficient energy consumption and no direct emissions or noise. It’s less expensive and different technology: High-speed rail and traditional maglev trains require power along the entire track. As a result, the track costs more to build and more to operate. Virgin Hyperloop achieves better performance for less cost.
About the founders/CEO:
Virgin Hyperloop was co-founded by Josh Giegel, Shervin Pishevar and Brogan Bambrogan.
Josh Giegel is the CTO and Co-Founder of Virgin Hyperloop where he is leading a world-class team of engineers making the hyperloop a reality. Previously, at SpaceX, Josh developed the world’s first reusable rockets and led the successful testing of six different rocket engines. From the final frontier to the horizon right here on the ground, Josh shifted his focus to power the earth with revolutionary waste heat-to-power energy technology, leading research activities at Echogen Power Systems. Josh received an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University where he was a Graduate Engineering Fellow. He holds a BSME from Penn State University where he graduated with honors and was first in his class.
Shervin Kordary Pishevar is an Iranian-American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, super angel investor, and philanthropist. He is the managing director of Sherpa Capital, a venture capital fund which has invested in companies including Airbnb, Uber, and Munchery. As an angel investor, Pishevar has seeded more than 60 companies. He was previously a managing director at Menlo Ventures, where he led investments in Warby Parker, Tumblr, Machine Zone, and Uber Series B. He is a strategic advisor to Uber, and served as a board observer to the company from 2011 to 2015. He founded and operated technology-enabled companies including webs.com, WebOS, SGN, HyperOffice.
Brogan Bambrogan served as an Interim Chief Executive Officer of Hyperloop Technologies, Inc. until September 16, 2015. He was an early team member at SpaceX where he saw firsthand the power of a truly bold vision. As Sr. Staff Engineer of Propulsion he played a critical role in some of the most difficult technical challenges faced by the company. He also worked in many diverse groups of TRW Space Systems (now part of Northrop Grumman). Brogan Bambrogan designed & developed many technologies, including Microwave Monolithic Integrated Circuits (MMICs), solar arrays for the GeoLite spacecraft, early work on the deployable antennae & heat shield of the James Webb Space Telescope, an alternate-propellant version of the Space Shuttles RCS thrusters, and the exhaust gas recovery system for AirBorne Laser (ABL). Brogan worked at Chrysler for 2 years as an engineer on the sheet metal structure of the Dodge Ram and has a BSME from Kettering University in Flint, MI.