UC Berkeley junior Ray Chen took a look around at dozens of other student projects. He scratched his head and let out a revelation of dejection.
“We seem to have underplayed a bit here,” Chen said.
UC Berkeley was among 30 universities and one high school that spent more than a year designing and developing railcars for a hyperloop — a high-tech transportation system popularized by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. The idea is to transport people or goods at high speeds by shooting levitating pods through low-pressure tubes.
Over the weekend, students had their first chance to zip their creations through a nearly mile-long test tube Musk had...