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The new fastest train in the world could be faster than jets

The T-Flight project, developed by CASIC, is based on hyperloop technology.

China is developing a high-speed train for the future [Twitter/@alvinfoo]

However, the Chinese corporation China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), responsible for the construction, announces that this is just the beginning.

The target is a speed of 1,000 km/h, which would significantly exceed the speed of traditional jet aircraft.

The Japanese SCMaglev L0 series, which reaches a speed of 603 km/h, was until recently the undisputed leader in the field of train speeds. But now the Chinese competitor, T-Flight, has achieved speeds of 20 km/h larger, thus pushing the Japanese carrier to second place.

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The T-Flight project, developed by CASIC, is based on hyperloop technology, once patronised by Elon Musk. The tests of the Chinese train are carried out in a special tube approximately 2 km long, located in northern China.

To achieve such high speeds, designers had to minimise friction. Therefore, the test track was made with extraordinary precision - the plane deviation over a length of 2 km is only 0.3 mm, and in the case of a 6-meter diametre, deviations of up to 2 mm were maintained.

Nevertheless, CASIC has greater ambitions. They believe their train can reach a speed of 1,000 km/h, which would exceed the speed of passenger jets, which fly at an average speed of over 900 km/h. To achieve this, they plan to build a new 60-kilometer test track.

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CASIC does not even rule out the possibility of reaching a speed of 2,000 km/h, which would enable an express connection between Beijing and the city of Wuhan. But will the technology being developed make it possible to implement such ambitious plans? Time will tell.

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This article was originally published on Onet Travel.

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