Over 400 professionals including those from aerospace companies Airbus, SpaceX and Nasa are currently working on the futuristic Hyperloop transportation concept proposed by space entrepreneur Elon Musk, aiming to start a test track construction in California in 2016.
The crowd-funded Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), which is developing the system, has announced the newest additions to its team on Thursday to demonstrate that it is firmly committed to bringing the idea to reality.
"Our team continues to grow and, along with these new alliances, is representative of the collaborative spirit of HTT and are key to our success in breaking ground in 2016," said Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of HTT. "We receive applications from professionals and are approached by industry-leading companies every day."
Oerlikon, AECOM, and Hodgetts & Fung were named among the companies to have joined the project, which envisions building a high-speed intercity transportation system inside a vacuum tube sending capsules with passengers between cities at 1,300km/h.
The first five-mile, full-scale passenger test track will be built in California’s Quay Valley, with construction expected to start next year.
“Here is a chance to have the best minds in the world working together on an idea for the future,” said Martin Fuellenbach, CEO of Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum. “As a pioneer of vacuum technology, this is a very special obligation for us and our staff welcomes this challenge especially. We contribute in delivering our extensive expertise, as well as the necessary calculations and technology to create and maintain the partial vacuum that is needed to reach such high speeds."
Teams of experts work on the Hyperloop project with minimum weekly commitments in exchange for stock options in the company. Multiple universities as well as technology giants such as Boeing or electric vehicle pioneer Tesla have joined Hyperloop since its conception in 2013.
"Working with HTT to help make the Hyperloop a reality is an inspiring journey as we together share a vision to transform transportation, and with it, to transform neighborhoods, relationships and the way business is done," said Craig Hodgetts of Hodgetts + Fung Architects. "I, along with many others, believe it will be a reality before this century begins its full third decade!"