Apparently not content material with lumbering across the country at a mere 350 km/h, China is now engaged on growing know-how that can increase its max speed all the way in which up to four,000 km/h.
Earlier right now, the China Aerospace Science and Trade Company (CASIC), one of the nation's main house contractors, announced that it had begun analysis and growth into a brand new, futuristic kind of transport which might function by way of supersonic "close to floor flight."
The system would presumably be comparable to that of the Hyperloop, proposed earlier this decade by Elon Musk, through which capsules would fly at ultrafast speeds down lowered-stress tubes, dramatically lowering journey instances.
After all, the CASIC is not wanting to attain speeds of four,000 km/h immediately. The primary stage of the company's plan will likely be to create an intercity community of these "flying trains" working at ,000 km/h. Within the second section, this community could be prolonged and the max speed of the pods elevated to 2,000 km/h. Lastly, within the third stage, the speed could be boosted all the way in which up to four,000 km/h -- 5 instances the speed of civil aviation plane right now -- and would run between international locations as half of the Belt and Street Initiative.
Final yr, China's CRRC Crop, the world's largest train producer, began talking with Hyperloop Technologies Inc about opportunities for investment and collaboration, although nothing seems to have come from these talks up to now. Earlier this yr, one other US startup started making noise with guarantees of its "hyper chariot system" which might be succesful of attaining four,000 mph in speed.
In the meantime, we're nonetheless ready for that high-speed line between China and the US.
[Photos by way of Sina]