When releasing the white paper, Musk said he was too busy running Tesla Motors and SpaceX to take on the project, but he open-sourced his design and challenged anyone willing to try to build this ambitious project.
Hyperloop Technologies Inc. accepted the challenge. Reportedly Musk isn’t directly involved with the company, but one of the co-founder, Brogan Bambrogan, was a 8-year veteran of SpaceX before founding Hyperloop Tech and serving as its Chief Technology Officer.
Speaking with BuzzFeed at the event, BamBrogan said:
“We’re definitely bringing lots of parts of SpaceX into it. I think the way we’re working is very similar to that on purpose.”
Although SpaceX is not working on commercializing the Hyperloop, the space exploration company is building a small one-mile track next to its headquarters in Hawthorne, California and organizing a competition for teams of engineers to test their Hyperloop pod designs.
Musk wasn’t at the Hyperloop Tech event, but several SpaceX employees were in attendance, including Lead Engineer Chris Vasquez.
New CEO Rob Lloyd said the company will soon have “a family of solutions or systems” of Hyperloop technology to offer customers. The company is apparently working on solutions for both public transport and cargo.
Hyperloop Tech plans to have a two-mile test track by 2017 for demonstrations to potential project partners.
According to CrunchBase, the company had two early rounds of financing, which raised over $22 million, and they are reportedly looking to close a new $80 million round by the end of the year to finance the test track.
To learn more about Hyperloop Technologies Inc. you can read our report on the company when it came out of stealth mode earlier this year.