[17], On August 12, 2013, Musk released the Hyperloop Alpha white paper,[18] generating widespread attention and enthusiasm. At the time, the company disclosed it had raised $37 million in financing to date and was completing a Series B round of $80m,[21] which they closed on in May 2016. In a recent, what we can call, a milestone-event, a Hyperloop system has successfully carried its first passengers as part of an initial test run of the upcoming, futuristic transportation system. [34][35], XP-1 has the length of 8.7 metres (29 ft), the width of 2.4 metres (7.9 ft), and the height of 2.4 metres (7.9 ft). Please let us know if you agree to all of these cookies. [31], In June 2020, Virgin Hyperloop One rebranded to Virgin Hyperloop, changing their logo and launching a new website. [19][20], Between June 2015 and December 2015, the company continued to hire engineers and expand its downtown campus (now up to 75,000 square feet). Contact Email info@virginhyperloop.com. [65] In January 2017, Hyperloop One announced the 35 semifinalist routes (spread over 17 countries) in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. [46] Former board members include Peter Diamandis, Jim Messina who as of July 2018[46] serves as strategic adviser, former Morgan Stanley executive Jim Rosenthal, Joe Lonsdale, the co-founder Shervin Pishevar,[47] who took a leave of absence from Hyperloop One in December 2017 after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct,[48][49][50][51] and Ziyavudin Magomedov, a Russian billionaire who was arrested on embezzlement charges in 2018. The original Hyperloop concept is proposed to use a linear electric motor to accelerate and decelerate an air-bearing levitated pod through a low-pressure tube. [74] On July 19, 2016, Hyperloop One filed a countersuit against the four former employees, alleging they staged a failed coup of the company, in the process breaching agreements around fiduciary duty, non-competes, proprietary information and non-disparagement, as well as intentional interference with contractual relations. [59], On July 19, 2018, an Ohio regional planning commission was investigating concepts of using Hyperloop between airports and potentially between regional cities such as Chicago, Columbus and Pittsburgh;[60] in May 2020 the commission released the results of their Midwest Connect feasibility study, which found that the route between the three cities would create $300 billion in overall economic benefits and reduce CO2 emission by 2.4 million tons. The Hyperloop One Global Challenge was judged by an international panel of consisting of five judges: Peter Diamandis, Bassam Mansour, Ulla Tapaninen, Clive Burrows, and Alan Berger. Virgin Hyperloop aims to achieve safety certification by 2025, with commercial operations beginning in 2030 in addition to eventual services outside of the US. Otherwise, the pod would need to enter the tube and wait for the 4-hour depressurization of the entire test tube. Virgin Hyperloop (formerly Hyperloop Technologies, Hyperloop One and Virgin Hyperloop One) is an American transportation technology company that works to commercialize the high-speed technology concept called the Hyperloop, a variant of the vacuum train. [11] As of May 2019, the company had raised $400 million. On September 14, 2017, Hyperloop One announced the 10 winners for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge. [29] The pod was successfully tested for the first time on July 29, 2017 with the 300 metres (980 ft) of acceleration to reach the recorded speeds of 310 kilometres per hour (190 mph). [7] Virgin Hyperloop One has made substantive technical changes to Elon Musk's initial proposal and chose not to pursue the Los Angeles–to–San Francisco notional route that Musk envisioned in his 2013 alpha-design white paper. [27], On May 12, 2017, Hyperloop One tested a full-scale Hyperloop. 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The Virgin Hyperloop One system underpinning DP World Cargospeed is unique in that it doesn’t need to be passenger-only or cargo-only. The test took place at Virgin Hyperloop’s DevLoop test site in Apex, where the company has previously run over 400 un-occupied tests, including one topping out at 245 mph. In June 2015, Pishevar recruited former Cisco president Rob Lloyd as an investor and, eventually, the company's CEO. Time is precious. It is a mixed-use system that fully utilizes system capacity and maximises economic and social benefits. Virgin Hyperloop One designs and develops hyperloop technology in order to reinvent the transportation of passengers and mixed-use cargo. Pishevar also recruited a cofounder, a former SpaceX engineer named Brogan Bambrogan. The company had raised $295 million on December 18, 2017[8] and demonstrated a form of propulsion technology on May 11, 2016 at its test site in North Las Vegas. The winners were to be invited to work closely with Hyperloop One on viability studies to try and bring their respective loops from proposal to reality. The technology is based on the concept of moving vehicles at high speeds through a combination of low-pressure tubes and repelling magnets. “Today is one of the most exciting days in Virgin Hyperloop’s history,” said Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group. [62][63], In February 2020, Saudi Arabia and Virgin Hyperloop One signed a partnership agreement; Virgin Hyperloop One will conduct a pre-feasibility study. 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[12] Its investors include Sherpa Capital, Formation 8, 137 Ventures,[42] DP World,[43] Khosla Ventures,[42] Caspian Venture Capital, Fast Digital,[42] Western Technology Investment,[42] Zhen Fund, GE Ventures,[42] and SNCF. [38] With this system, XP-1 pod can be put in an airlock which takes a few minutes to depressurize before entering the already depressurized tube. Virgin Hyperloop One claims its DevLoop is the world’s first full-scale hyperloop test site. [39] In 2018, WARR Hyperloop broke XP-1 record again in the third Hyperloop Pod Competition. “Our goal is to bring together authorities from around the world to set global safety and industry standards for this new mode of ultra-fast, zero-emissions mode of transport.”, In its publicity material, the company says that by "combining an ultra-efficient electric motor, magnetic levitation, and a low-drag environment, hyperloop systems can carry more people than a subway, at airline speeds, and with zero direct emissions. “The Hyperloop Certification Center will be a global hub for hyperloop,” said Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop. Company Type For Profit. (Photo: The New York Times/Joe Buglewicz) 09 Nov 2020 09:45AM (Updated: 09 Nov 2020 10:33AM ) [71], The ten winning routes that were selected are:[72], In July 2016, the CTO and co-founder Brogan BamBrogan left the company,[73] later filing a lawsuit with three other former employees alleging breach of fiduciary duty and misuse of corporate resources. [37], In the summer of 2019, the company brought XP-1 to a roadshow to Ohio, Texas, Kansas, New York, Missouri, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.[40][41], Hyperloop One has raised around $400 million as of May 2019. We’re one step closer to making hyperloop travel a reality for people everywhere.”. In December 2015, the renamed Hyperloop One announced it would hold an open-air propulsion test at a new Test and Safety Site in Nevada. In the months that followed Pishevar incorporated Hyperloop Technologies, which would later be renamed Hyperloop One, and recruited the first board members, including David O. Sacks, Jim Messina and Joe Lonsdale. Virgin wants to build a route that would link Chicago and Pittsburgh in under an hour and says its Certification Centre will employ up to 200 full-time workers when complete. As of July 2018[update], the board of directors include Richard Branson (Chairman), Justin Fishner-Wolfson, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Rob Lloyd, Josh Giegel, Bill Shor, Yuvraj Narayan, Anatoly Braverman, and Emily White as a strategic adviser. By January 2015, Hyperloop Tech had raised $9 million in venture capital from Pishevar's Sherpa Capital and investors such as Formation 8 and Zhen Fund, and was able to move into its current campus in the Los Angeles Arts District. That firm’s plan is to begin digging underground tunnels through the US in which hyperloops could be installed. [23], The propulsion open-air test or POAT, was successfully held in North Las Vegas on May 11, 2016. [6] The system is proposed to be entirely autonomous, quiet, direct-to-destination and on-demand. [45] The co-founder and President of Engineering is Josh Giegel. CHARLESTON, W.Va. 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The company was established on June 1, 2014 and reorganized and renamed on October 12, 2017. The POAT sled accelerated to 134 mph (216 km/h) in 2.3 seconds, representing a crucial proof of concept. Virgin Hyperloop One’s financial situation is less clear due to its private status. It has raised more than US$160 million in capital from investors including DP World, Sherpa Capital, Formation 8, 137 Ventures, Caspian Venture Capital, Fast Digital, GE Ventures, and SNCF. [14][15], The idea of trains in vacuum has been elaborated many times in history of science and science-fiction[16]. Passengers have travelled in the Virgin Hyperloop for the first time — riding the system's levitating pod (pictured) through a vacuum tube at speeds of over 100 mph. 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Virgin Hyperloop One, India Revolutionising travel in one of the world’s most important economic corridors Once constructed, the Hyperloop will have a huge impact on the economy of the region, producing USD55bn in socio-economic benefits over 30 years, creating an estimated 15,000 direct and indirect jobs, and reducing greenhouse gases by 150,000 tonnes annually. Pishevar pushed Musk to publish his ideas about the Hyperloop, so that Pishevar could study them. [53], In June 2016 the company announced a memorandum of understanding with the Summa Group and the Russian Government to construct a Hyperloop in Moscow and has since completed two feasibility studies – one in Moscow and one in the Far East. The Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, K. VijayRaghavan, set up a committee called the Consultative Group on Future of Transportation (CGFT) to explore the regulatory path for hyperloop. [30] Subsequently, Hyperloop One was renamed Virgin Hyperloop One, and Branson became the chairman of the board of directors. “For years, I have been saying that West Virginia is the best kept secret on the East Coast, and it’s true. The next phase of the test would involve a passenger pod. [32], After Hyperloop One began the construction of 500-metre (1,600 ft) DevLoop in October 2016, the company successfully conducted the first full-system test using the levitating chassis without passenger pod on May 12, 2017. [29], On October 12, 2017, Hyperloop One and the Virgin Group announced that it developed a strategic investment partnership, resulting in Richard Branson joining the board of directors. Virgin Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop One, and before that, Hyperloop Technologies) was incorporated in 2014 and has built a team of 280+, [when?] Virgin Hyperloop One The company has projects in Mumbai, Dubai, and across America, with headquarters in Los Angeles and a test track in Las Vegas. Just look at this announcement and all it will bring to our state – investment, jobs, and tremendous growth.”. [75] On November 18, 2016, both parties agreed to settle the lawsuit. [5] The planned route runs from Los Angeles, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. [57], In February 2018, the Virgin Group signed an "intent agreement" with the Government of Maharashtra state of India to build a hyperloop transportation system between Mumbai and Pune. [37] XP-1 set the world's speed record again during the test in December 2017 that reached 387 kilometres per hour (240 mph). The company was established on June 1, 2014 and reorganized and renamed on October 12, 2017. The pod's motor was evolved from 500 motors that were built and tested in order to operate with resiliency in near-vacuum environment. The test run was conducted by Virgin Hyperloop, the US-based company that has been planning to bring the magnetic mode of transportation to India in the coming years. Hyperloop systems are intended to move passengers and/or cargo at airline speeds at a fraction of the cost of air travel. Sign up to the E&T News e-mail to get great stories like this delivered to your inbox every day. Watch to see how far we've come in just one year. Additionally, as Hyperloop is proposed to be built on columns or tunneled underground, this could eliminate the dangers of at-grade crossings and require smaller rights of way than high-speed rail or a highway. ", In a sign of the firm's global ambitions, the statement continues: "With the goal to be safety certified by 2025 and begin commercial operations by 2030, the 100 per cent electric Virgin Hyperloop system could play a key role in helping achieve the European Green Deal’s climate-neutrality objective.". Pishevar asked Musk to elaborate on his Hyperloop idea, which the industrialist had been mulling over for some time. Virgin is one of a number of companies working to develop the technology. The HCC is intended to provide an opportunity for regulators, governments, companies, and universities from around the world to forge global, partnerships surrounding all elements of hyperloop transportation technology. This hyperloop idea was first conceived in August 2013 by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, after which he extended the idea into a white paper and invited other innovators to attempt to make it a reality. Virgin Hyperloop One—the only company that has built a full-size and full-system hyperloop—has run successful tests since the spring of 2017 on their 500-meter DevLoop test site in Nevada. [9] Hyperloop One has completed a 500-meter Development Loop (DevLoop)[10] and on May 12, 2017, held its first full-scale Hyperloop test. “The Hyperloop Certification Center is the start of the hyperloop journey for West Virginia, for the United States, and for the world. After years of testing and developing hyperloop technology at their full-scale test site, the firm said the Centre would help hyperloop progress on the regulatory and commercial fronts, as well as create thousands of new jobs across construction, manufacturing, operations, and high-tech sectors. Virgin Hyperloop One, the proposed service allowing long range, high-speed transport using a system of magnets and vacuum tubes, has confirmed the construction of a Certification Centre in West Virginia that will help make the project a reality. “Today is a fantastic day for the state of West Virginia, and I’d like to be the first to officially welcome the folks from Virgin Hyperloop to their new home,” said Governor Jim Justice. The concept of Hyperloop transportation was first introduced by Robert Goddard in 1910. [34], Levitating chassis at the bottom inside the shell, The XP-1 speed record was broken in August 2017 by WARR Hyperloop during the second Hyperloop Pod Competition with the top speeds of 324 kilometres per hour (201 mph). Virgin Hyperloop was originally founded as Hyperloop Technologies before changing its name to Hyperloop One in 2016 and then again to Virgin … The test combined Hyperloop components including vacuum, propulsion, levitation, sled, control systems, tube and structures. The idea for version of vacuum train called Hyperloop emerged from a conversation between Elon Musk and Iranian American Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar when they were flying together to Cuba on a humanitarian mission in January 2012. [64], In 2016, Hyperloop One launched its Hyperloop One Global Challenge to find the locations for, and develop and construct, the world's first Hyperloop networks. Learn more about IET cookies and how to control them, Virgin Hyperloop One confirms first major facility in West Virginia, © 2020 The Institution of Engineering and Technology. The system-wide test integrated Hyperloop components including vacuum, propulsion, levitation, sled, control systems, tube, and structures. [33] The company designed and built its first generation full-scale test pod name XP-1 (short for experimental pod one) to be used in the full-scale pod tests. Virgin Hyperloop One’s most recent fundraising effort was in 2019 when it secured $172 million in new funding. [69] The Company develops a fully autonomous on-demand system that eliminates direct emissions, noise, weather concerns and human errors. [24] At the time Hyperloop One announced it had secured partnerships with global engineering and design firms such as AECOM, SYSTRA, Arup, Deutsche Bahn, General Electric, and Bjarke Ingels. Virgin Hyperloop is a developer of a transportation technology used to deliver fast, direct, and sustainable transportation at scale. The vehicle would glide silently for miles at speeds up to 760 mph (1223.1 km/h) with very low turbulence. Pishevar suggested using it for cargo, an idea Musk hadn't considered, but he did say he was considering open-sourcing the concept because he was too busy running SpaceX and Tesla. We are Virgin Hyperloop. Virgin Hyperloop One, formerly Hyperloop One, is a transport system company. [58] In August 2019, the government has deemed hyperloop a public infrastructure project and approved the Virgin Hyperloop-DP World Consortium as the Original Project Proponent (OPP), recognizing hyperloop technology alongside other more traditional forms of mass transit. 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[22] In October 2016, Hyperloop One announced that it had raised another $50 million, led by an investment from DP World. [76] BamBrogan and other former Hyperloop One and SpaceX employees went on to found Arrivo, a now defunct hyperloop company. [28] On August 2, 2017, Hyperloop One successfully tested its XP-1 passenger pod, reaching speeds of up to 192 mph (309 km/h). Virgin Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has successfully tested its hyperloop technology at scale, launching the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years. It traveled for just over 980 ft (300 m) before the brakes kicked in and it rolled to a stop. [27], By April 2017, Hyperloop One had feasibility studies underway in the United Arab Emirates, Finland and Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Moscow, and the UK. [11], On July 12, 2017, the company revealed images of its first generation pod prototype to be used at the DevLoop test site in Nevada to test aerodynamics. The global strategic partnership will focus on passenger and mixed-use cargo service in addition to the creation of a new passenger division. [56], On September 1, 2017, Hyperloop signed a letter of intent with Estonia to cooperate on the Helsinki to Tallinn Tunnel. Legal Name Hyperloop Technologies, Inc. Hub Tags Emerging Unicorn. [12], Its publicly stated goal is to provide a fully operational Hyperloop system by 2020 or 2021. Musk has his own version running alongside Virgin’s efforts with his Boring Company. 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