China has revealed its plans to one day build a flying train that could reach speeds of up to 4000km/h.
The state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) made the announcement this week, as it unveiled plans for an intercity train that will travel at the slower pace of 950km/h, reports The Sun.
The scientists claim their new train will rival the new Hyperloop system being built by billionaire Elon Musk.
During an annual commercial aerospace summit, CASC deputy general manager Liu Shiquan said they were researching trains of the future that would be able to “fly on the ground”.
According to the state-owned news website The Paper, the CASC’s previous experience building rockets, satellites and missiles has enabled them to start work on the project.
They are liaising with 20 other research institutes in China and abroad in order to build the new train.
The new trains are expected to be considerably more successful than the “Land Airbus” that was claimed to be in the testing stage in China last year.
The bus straddled two lanes at once and promised to put an end to China’s congestion problem, but investigators are now looking into whether the company behind the bus was just using the idea to raise money illegally.
Elon Musk’s Hyperloop train, which the Chinese are hoping to top, has been described as “a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table”.
Removing almost all friction from the technology means the Hyperloop could reportedly carry passengers at 1220km/h — within 16km/h of the speed of sound — with unmanned pods able to top 1300km/h.
But in recent footage, Musk released a pod being tested showing the Hyperloop travel at 321km/h.
Culled from News.com.au