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China’s Superloop Maglev Train Exceeds Its Own Speed Record

China has broken its own speed record for its “hyperloop” maglev train, claims the China Aerospace and Industry Corporation (CASIC), which is building and directing the tests for this maglev system, reported South China Morning Post on Feb. 2.

The hyperloop runs a maglev train system in a low-vacuum tube. In June 2023, the CASIC train reached a record-breaking speed of 623 kph (387 mph) under non-vacuum conditions. CASIC claims that new tests, using an evacuated vacuum tube-tunnel, have surpassed the previous record. The exact speed is classified for now.

CASIC is running the tests at a full-scale 2 km (1.2 mile) test line in Datong, Shanxi province, northern China. CASIC is happy with the results, but this is not the end phase. Phase 2 of the project is to extend the tracks to 37 miles to hit a target speed of 1,000 kph (621 mph). If all goes well, then the ambition for the train is reportedly to hit 2,000 kph (1,243 mph).

Once that is achieved, the plan is to connect Datong with Beijing, a distance of 350 km, which currently takes 8 hours. This technology would smash travel to less than a half-hour. There is much work to be done, but should research and testing to succeed, a trip from New York to Los Angeles, of 2,790 miles, would be completed in 2.25 hours.

The importance that China places on advancing the project is indicated by its being entrusted to CASIC, which is known for developing, researching, and manufacturing solid-propellant rockets, space technological products, air defense missile systems, and cruise missiles. It has contributed to China’s crewed space flights and lunar exploration. It owns seven academies and two research and development bases. China intends to bring this mission to fruition.