rLoop Announces Soylent Sponsorship of New Hyperloop Team
Los Angeles, CA, March 30, 2016 (Newswire.com) - rLoop, the only non-student team remaining in SpaceX’s first Hyperloop competition, today announced its upcoming $10,000 sponsorship from Soylent, a pioneer in food technology, delivering nutritionally-complete staple meals. rLoop is an open source and crowd sourced team working to make the Hyperloop a reality. rLoop is looking to raise $60,000 through an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign to manufacture their prototype Hyperloop pod for testing in the summer of 2016 at SpaceX facilities in Hawthorne, California.
“Soylent is thrilled to sponsor rLoop’s Hyperloop team,” said David Renteln, Soylent’s co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer. “I can’t wait to pop champagne with them on race day.”
“The Hyperloop represents a core change to the way that people live. Having Soylent’s support for rLoop is very exciting; there is a lot of synergy between our philosophies,” said Brent Lessard, rLoop’s project lead.
"The Hyperloop represents a core change to the way that people live. Having Soylent's support for rLoop is very exciting; there is a lot of synergy between our philosophies," said Brent Lessard, rLoop's project lead.
Formed in June of 2015 on the social media site reddit, rLoop is a non-profit, open source, online think tank comprised of more than 140 members from over 14 countries working to bring Elon Musk’s vision of the Hyperloop into reality. Among that membership are engineers from NASA, CERN, GE, Honeywell, and dozens of other top technology companies, all of whom are offering their time to help create what will be the greatest leap forward in ground based transportation since the invention of the steam engine. Using modern digital collaboration tools, none of rLoop’s work process actually happens in person, and yet the group has become the odds-on favorite to win SpaceX’s competition.
SoylentTM is a pioneer in food technology, delivering nutritionally-complete staple meals that provide all the essential nutrients required to fuel the human body. Soylent is produced with sustainability and efficiency in mind to create a convenient, nutritious, and affordable meal that is better for our health and the environment. CEO/Co- founder Rob Rhinehart, alongside fellow co-founders COO Matt Cauble, CTO John Coogan, and CMO David Renteln, developed Soylent after recognizing the need for a simpler, more efficient food source. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.
rLoop is a non profit, open source, crowdsourced think tank. rLoop pursues radical breakthroughs, driven not by financial gain but a want to improve the world and humankind. rLoop is a social evolution, tackling large-scale engineering issues as a crowd, fueled by enthusiasm for a challenge and the altruistic philosophy at our core.
Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed transportation system initially proposed by the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk. The concept consists of passenger and cargo pods being propelled at up to 765 mph in a low pressure tube using sustainable and cost-efficient energy.
To accelerate its development, SpaceX is hosting a competition for engineering teams to design their own hyperloop pods and test them at their facility in Hawthorne, California, on a test track built by well known construction and design firm AECOM. rLoop is the only non-student team remaining in the competition from an initial pool of over 1,200 submissions.