China's plans to create a supersonic 'flying train'

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China has recently unveiled its multibillion dollar project to create a 'flying train' - a means of transport the would be able to travel at a speed of up to 2,500 MPH.

The flying train

The flying train
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Scientists of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) are looking to begin developing trains for the future namely the next generation of trains for public transport use. These super-fast modes of transport will 'fly on the ground' according to CASC deputy manager Liu Shiquan, quoted in the Independent.

The proposed supersonic train will be a welcomed addition to China's already impressive fleet of high-speed trains within a network which remains the largest in the world. The current high-speed trains travel at an average speed of 200 MPH, which demonstrates the ambitiousness of the new project. To aid the CASC scientists, over 20 other scientific and technological bodies will be contributing their expertise, all in a bid for China to become the first nation to create a supersonic flying-train.

CASC is an enterprise with a wealth of experience in dealing with technology such as this. Its previous work in the manufacturing process of satellites, missiles and other high-tech pieces of machinery and equipment means that it is well prepared for the new high-speed train venture.

Additionally there exists another train-related project run by China which proposes an intercity train that will use air power instead of kinetic energy to propel it forward. This train would have the potential to travel at a velocity of more than 600 MPH. This proposition rivals that of the pre-existing Hyperloop concept, championed by Elon Musk, which claims to travel at 700 MPH. However no system has been known yet to surpass the 767 MPH mark.

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Posted on 02/09/2017 Modified on 04/09/2017
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