China plans to create supersonic trainsNovember 26, 2018
Li Shufu, a Chinese billionaire, the owner of Volvo, has just signed a deal with the Chinese Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) to build supersonic trains, taking Asia’s already super-fast bullet trains to a whole new level.
The world’s fastest train in operation, also in China, was built in 2002. It travels at 250 mph from Pudong international airport to the outskirts of Shanghai. China has an intercity network with over 22,000 km of high-speed – but far from a supersonic rail.
In March, Researchers at Southwest Jiaotong University announced plans to perform some indoor tests using a smaller pod, that could potentially travel at speeds of up to 1,000km/h. It’s a small-scale test and the engineers hope to hit speeds of to 400km/h by the end of this year. It’s still a long way from 1,000km/h. Using low pressure to avoid air resistance is also planned, however no further details concerning the timeline were announced at this point.