Elon Musk could arguably be one of the greatest inventors of our generation, but China is taking him on with their own technology. Elon Musk has reimagined the future of travel with the Hyperloop One. But now, a Chinese Aerospace firm has revealed that it is working on a super-fast ‘Flying Train’. The so called Flying Train is expected to reach even higher speeds than the Hyperloop. China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp reportedly working on a transit system that can travel at speeds close to a whopping 4000 kilometres per hour. CASIC’s Chief Engineer Mao Kai informed about this new vehicle in the state run China News Service.
When we compare the China’s ‘train’ to Hyperloop, the latter can reach upto 760 miles an hour or 1200 kilometres per hour. According to a report in South China Post, the ‘flying train’ is based on a concept called MagLev or Magnetic Levitation which draws inspiration from bullet trains, supersonic jets and Hyperloop itself. This technology basically sucks the air out of a tube, so that there is a minimum drag. However, there is no clarity on when the new service will come alive. However, in the CNS report, Kai informed that there is no security concern since the speed of the train during star will be lower than that of an aeroplane taking off. While Musk may be working with the best engineers in the world, it will not be surprising to see China come up with a far better technology. Before this, the country has managed to make trains which reach upto 300 miles an hour or 485 kilometres per hour, according to a CNET report.
If the new concept train actually starts working, it will be capable to reach 4 to 5 times the speed of an average jetliner. Interestingly, this type of speed can actually mean trouble for how we perceive Physics on Earth. The train has been claimed to reach speeds of upto Mach 3, which no land vehicle has ever reached. When it comes to inertia, if the train stops suddenly the passengers may get thrown to the front at super high speeds.
Yesterday, Musk posted on Instagram that SpaceX’s own pod topped 220 mph and might try for 310 mph next month. While that speed might be much less than what he had envisioned, it is still far ahead of what the Chinese scientists are working on.