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China dreams of 4,000km/h “flying trains”

09/05/2017| 10:26:55 AM|

A Chinese state-owned space and military technology group will investigate the feasibility of a magnetic levitation rail system that would leave Elon Musk’s futuristic Hyperloop concept in the dust.

China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), which develops space and missile technology, plans to research a "flying" train network that it says could eventually have a top speed of 4,000km/h.

China was a pioneer in maglev rail, completing a 30.5-km line from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to a suburban station at the end of 2003.

Its bullet trains now have a top speed of 320km/h, but CASIC’s vehicles would be able to reach 1,000km/h, initially.

Acting as an alternative to Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, the MagLev train would travel inside a similar vacuum tube. Hyperloop’s top speed is estimated to be 1,200km/h.

Trains running between cities would have a top speed of 1,000km/h, while those linking China's megacity zones could reach 2,000km/h. International travel could top 4,000km/h.

If successful, the vehicles would allow traveling between Beijing to Wuhan to take half an hour.

There is currently no timeframe for the project.

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