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China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC) is working on a transit system that neither really flies nor looks like a conventional train, but could travel at up to 2,485 miles per hour (4,000 kilometers per hour), chief engineer Mao Kai said via the state-run China News Service, or CNS.
By comparison, Hyperloop promises just barely sub-supersonic speeds closer to 760 mph (1,200 kph).
The concept is essentially a MagLev train in a vacuum tube, borrowing concepts from Hyperloop, bullet trains and supersonic flight, according to the South China Morning Post.
There's no timeline for when we might actually see the flying train in action, but there is plenty of room for skepticism. Kai addressed one key question, saying "the vehicle's acceleration speed would be slower than a plane in taking off so passengers could be free of safety concerns," according to CNS.
In fairness, China has turned some far-out transit ideas into tangible realities in the past. Take this. The country also boasts (483 kph).
The flying train is the first serious (it seems) concept I've heard of, anywhere, for supersonic ground transportation. If it works, it would be about five times faster than commercial jetliners today.
At that speed, let's hope no one ever pulls the emergency brake -- if you could even design such a thing without breaking physics first.
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