From students to entrepreneurs...
Ales Tech's adventure started in 2015 as a students’ project from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Università di Pisa, Italy.
Luca Cesaretti, Lorenzo Andrea Parrotta, Emanuele Raffaele, Tommaso Sartor, Giorgio Valsecchi, Sandro Okutuga, Giulio De Simone are the engineers that created team Ales in order to try to get into the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition and proposed the concept of an innovative suspension system.
The students’ solution has been selected by SpaceX among thousands of candidates and it has been officially presented at the Hyperloop Pod Design Weekend at A&M University in Texas on January 2016, where it gained the appreciation of the other participants’ teams, and great media coverage (link1, link2, link3, link4, link5).
Following the competition, many university teams involved at building the whole capsule (a.k.a. Pod) contacted the Pisa engineers, asking to mount their solution on the prototype vehicles that will run in the final round of the competition (January 29, 2017), where the pods are going to be built and tested on a demo track adjacent to the SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, CA.
In the meantime, the Italian team has been restaffed, and with the entrance of Andrea Paraboschi and Antonio Davola, it became more structured, attracted the interests of investors and evolved into a technology venture: Ales Tech was born.
Ales Tech worked around the clock to create and test the active suspensions prototypes for the partner university teams, and is now ready to unveil its technology to the world.