How These Undergrads Won a Chance to Try Elon Musk’s Insane Vaccuum Tube

'It was like an enormous science fair on steroids'

Six undergrads in Brooklyn have a place in a very limited queue to make tech history this coming June, having earned the right to test out their vision for a completely new mode of transportation, a chance hundreds of other students wanted. Their secret? They aimed lower.

In 2013, Elon Musk released a crazy idea into the public domain: the Hyperloop. He proposed building a vacuum tube from Los Angeles to San Francisco that would let pods filled with people or stuff travel between the two cities in as little as 35 minutes.

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