Chi­nese aero­space firm starts research on 4,000 km/ h float­ing train

Global Times - - Nation -

A Chi­nese aero­space com­pany an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that it has launched research into float­ing trains which may one day be able to reach 4,000 kilo­me­ters per hour.

The China Aero­space Sci­ence and In­dus­try Co­op­er­a­tion ( CASIC) will try to com­bine its su­per­sonic flight tech­nol­ogy with rail trans­porta­tion to de­velop a new gen­er­a­tion of trains, thep­a­per. cn re­ported, cit­ing com­ments made by Liu Shi­quan, deputy gen­eral man­ager of CASIC, at a sum­mit held in Wuhan, Cen­tral China’s Hubei Prov­ince on Wed­nes­day.

Liu said that the trains will have the abil­ity to “fly above the rails” with mag­netic lev­i­ta­tion tech­nol­ogy and travel through vac­uum pipe­lines free of fric­tion.

The su­per- speed trains may be able to reach a max­i­mum speed of 4,000 kilo­me­ters per hour, Liu said. This is over four times faster than mod­ern com­mer­cial jets, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. At this speed, the roughly 1,000 kilo­me­ter- jour­ney from Bei­jing to Shang­hai, which now takes 4.5 hours via China’s high- speed rail, could be short­ened to around 15 min­utes.

The project will be car­ried out step by step, with the first step be­ing the de­vel­op­ment of trains with a max­i­mum speed of 1,000 kilo­me­ters per hour, then 2,000 kilo­me­ters per hour, and the fi­nal step will be reach­ing 4,000 kilo­me­ters per hour, said thep­a­per. cn’s re­port, cit­ing CASIC.

Be­sides the fu­ture train’s in­cred­i­ble speed, it may also be able to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment as it will not use fos­sil fuel, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

This is not a to­tally novel con­cept how­ever. Bil­lion­aire Elon Musk has been a prom­i­nent ad­vo­cate of such tech­nol­ogy for sev­eral years, which he refers to as a “hy­per­loop.”

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