Hyperloop One cofounder and CTO, Brogan BamBrogan, has stepped down from his role at the company. Former Senior Vice President of Engineering Josh Giegel will be taking over BamBrogan’s role and has just been promoted to cofounder and CTO and has joined the Board of Directors.
Brogan BamBrogan Leaves As Josh Giegel Becomes Cofounder & CTO
Before joining Hyperloop in November 2014, Josh Giegel held several senior positions at SpaceX, Echogen Power Systems and Virgin Galactic. The recent shakeup is quite sudden compared to the one in the past. The Hyperloop One cofounder leaves just as it became apparent last week that Afshin Pishevar, who was the chief legal counsel, is now no longer with the company.
Hyperloop One cofounder leaves as the company aims for full-scale test of the technology later this year. BamBrogan was also a former SpaceX engineer and he co-founded Hyperloop Technologies in 2014. He was interim CEO before Rob Lloyd, the former president of Cisco joined the company in 2015. He is now only listed as cofounder on the Hyperloop One website. The Hyperloop One Cofounder played a major role in developed and designing Space X’s Falcom 1 rocket and Dragon craft.
Until recently, Hyperloop One was known as Hyperloop technologies. It is one of the only three known companies aiming to build a high-speed propulsion system. It recently tucked in an extra $80 million in funding.
The idea of high-speed propulsion system originally proposed by Tesla founder Elon Musk will use pods propelled through an enclosed tube system to carry passenger from one place to another. Instead of taking a flight, passengers could travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in under 30 minutes. The technology makes use of magnetic and air levitation propulsion systems. Both of these create low-pressure environments in tubes, enough to minimize drag and increase speed. Engineers at Tesla and SpaceX originally worked on the concept, and then it was released as an open source technology for others to try their hands on the same and build it.
Hyperloop One successfully completed its first test run outside of Las Vegas, Nevada on an electromagnetic sled in early May. The system reached speeds of 187kph before hitting a pile of sand. It’s only a small step towards the theorized speeds of 745 mph. Hyperloop One aims to bring the system to life by 2020, which might even hit 1,080 kph.
Hyperloop One recently announced acquisition of a license to use an innovative passive levitation technology. The startup is competing against Transpod, which aims to show off a similar hyperloop concept vehicle at the InnoTrains Rail Show in Berlin this year.
Just last week, Hyperloop One and Summa Group, a Russian company, signed an agreement to bring the technology to Russia’s Moscow city. The high-speed transportation system could transport passengers from Moscow to St. Petersburg first, followed by other cities next. The Russian version of the transport system is going to be much cheaper compared to the US version.
Hyperloop One’s next launch will be in the United Kingdom and Finland. The high-speed transportation system will help cities cut traffic congestion issues by gliding at average speeds of 700kph.