Nov 17, 2017 Pihla Suomalainen
The idea of Hyperloop was born in January 2013, when venture investor and entrepreneur Shervin Pishevar and Elon Musk got to talking about Musk’s idea of moving vehicles at high speeds through low-pressure tubes. A few months later, Shervin encouraged Musk to share his ideas with the public in a tech conference. In August 2013, Musk published the Hyperloop Alpha white paper which Shervin presented to President Obama. Obama said, “Let me know how I can help you.”
Founded in June 2014, Hyperloop One is a privately-held company creating the first new mode of transportation in 100 years. Hyperloop is a reliable, safe, energy and cost efficient mode of transportation, that moves people and freight quickly, safely, on-demand and directly from point A to point B. Hyperloop is two to three times faster than the fastest high-speed rail. It can speed up to 700 mph, above land or underground. The cargo is loaded into the hyperloop vehicle, that accelerates with electric propulsion through a low pressure tube. The goal is to have operational systems by 2021. So far, Hyperloop One has received $245 million of funding and has key investors such as DP World, Sherpa Capital, 137 Ventures, GE Ventures and Virgin Group, just to name a few.
Josh has a diverse background in thermodynamics, heat transfer, compressible fluid mechanics, power cycles, turbomachinery, nonlinear structural analysis, as well as a strong history in hardware-based development. The words are so difficult already that you just have to respect this guy. But it’s not only terms and titles, his actual career has been tremendous.
Before Hyperloop, Josh led research at Echogen Power Systems, a startup in the waste heat-to-power energy field. He invented the four supercritical CO2 power cycles that significantly improved efficiency and lowered cost. He was also the developer of a custom multi-objective, nonlinear optimization software which provided solutions in real-time to radically reduce engineering man-hours at Echogen.
Prior to Echogen, Josh worked at SpaceX as the lead analyst on six different successfully tested rocket engines including the Merlin 1D and Super Draco family of engines. Josh’s analysis was also significant to the success of the Dragon spacecraft. He received an “Ass-Kicker” award for his work in identifying and replicating the Falcon 9 first flight anomaly, and decisively protecting against future such events.
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