The Hyperloop began as a concept proposed by Elon Musk. Musk wanted to create transportation that would be able to operate without the impediment of weather or accidents at speeds near that of a jet. Musk likened the original concept to “A cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table.”
In his white paper on the Hyperloop, they recommended that competitors look into using Air Caster technology as a means to float on the Hyperloop’s rail system.
Through his company SpaceX, Musk opened a competition to college teams to develop Hyperloop pod designs. Align Production Systems was approached by several universities to help with implementing Air Caster technology into their pod designs.