China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has started research into creating a ‘high-speed flying train’ that could travel at up to 2,485 mph. China already boasts the world’s fastest train network but fears it is in danger of falling behind the US.
Earlier this month Hyperloop One completed the first successful test of the passenger pod for its radical transport system, which is hoping to reach speeds of 760 mph. This event marked the debut of the beginning of a new era of transportation.
The plans for an intercity train that will travel at more than 600 mph, rivalling Elon Musk’s Hyperloop system, have now been unveiled. CASC has been conducting research to build next-generation trains that can “fly on the ground”. The ‘flying train’ is also a passenger pod that travels through a vacuum tube using magnetic levitation.
China has the world’s largest network of high-speed railways, with almost 14,000 miles of track. Trains running on the Beijing-Shanghai line will travel at a speed of almost 220 mph from next month, exceeding the 200 mph limit imposed on Japan’s much-praised bullet trains. If the project goes through as planned, this super train could travel at four times the speed of commercial flights and three times the speed of sound.
China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) owns more than 200 patents for the project. It claims their tube system will be the first designed for supersonic speeds. Nonetheless, CASIC’s first aim is to hit a more reasonable speed of 621 mph.
The corporation has built strong experience and accumulated technological know-how through major projects, such as spacecraft, rockets, satellites and missiles. The plan is to transport the ‘flying train’ to sixty countries across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Besides, it would also be ten times faster than the world’s fastest bullet train – which is also in China. But you shouldn’t get too excited yet! There isn’t a timeline for this project so far…