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Touring Hyperloop One's ever-evolving test site

Touring Hyperloop One's ever-evolving test site
From Engadget - January 12, 2018

For the first time since May 2016, the site was opened up to a handful of journalists this week during CES. Hyperloop One was a vastly different company. Back then, it was led by original co-founders Brogan BamBrogan and Shervin Pishevar -- the former quit a few months after an alleged falling out with Pishevar's brother. The latter would depart at the tail end of 2017, forced out after becoming embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal. In their place, Richard Branson has stepped in as chairperson, rebranding the company as Virgin Hyperloop One.

Another new face is Dr. Anita Sengupta, who has joined the company as the head of its systems engineering division. Sengupta is a veteran of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the figure behind the Curiosity rover's supersonic parachute that enabled it to land on Mars. Sengupta's knowledge of theoretical physics will be helpful when it comes to ensuring that the Hyperloop can function safely and reliably. After all, as she says, you do not get to practice landing hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of equipment on another planet.

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