Faster bul­let train be­ing de­vel­oped

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Chi­nese en­gi­neers are de­vel­op­ing a bul­let train ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing a top speed of 249 miles per hour on con­ven­tional tracks, along with a mag­netic lev­i­ta­tion, or ma­glev, train that is ex­pected to run at 373 mph.

By com­par­i­son, China’s fastest train in com­mer­cial use trav­els about 217 mph.

The coun­try is even con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of build­ing a sys­tem based on a transna­tional tube that would al­low spe­cially de­signed trains to travel at 2,484 mph.

Last month, de­sign­ers at China Aero­space Sci­ence and In­dus­try Corp, one of the coun­try’s big­gest space con­trac­tors, an­nounced that they had started re­search and de­vel­op­ment work on a fu­tur­is­tic ul­tra­fast trans­porta­tion sys­tem pop­u­larly known as a hyper­loop.

The CASIC hyper­loop will see ma­glev lines run­ning in par­tially el­e­vated tubes or tun­nels along which stream­lined, en­gine­less trains will travel at speeds of 1,000, 2,000 and 4,000 km/h, ac­cord­ing to Mao Kai, chief de­signer of the sys­tem at CASIC. So far, there is no in­di­ca­tion of how much such a sys­tem would cost. (Photo 3)

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Giant panda Nuan Nuan eats at Malaysia’s na­tional zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nuan Nuan — mean­ing warmth in Chi­nese — is the first Malaysian-born fe­male giant panda cub. She will head back to China on Nov 14, more than two years af­ter her mother un­ex­pect­edly gave birth to her on Aug 18, 2015.

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