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China wants to build a “flying train” capable of reaching 2,485 mph

4,000 km/h

China’s main manufacturer of space and security products started research to develop a “flying train” capable of reaching 4,000 km/h (2,485 mph).

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4,000 km/h

That means that Elon Musk’s concept for a hyperloop transport system has a potential competitor—that would be much faster.

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4,000 km/h

A hyperloop prototype recently reached 355 km/h and could in theory reach between 1,000 km/h and 1,200 km/h.

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4,000 km/h

The Chinese train is being developed by a state-owned enterprise that already makes everything from trucks to rockets to tankers.

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4,000 km/h

The train would travel inside a near-vacuum tube and levitate using magnetic suspension. It would also accelerate slowly, to avoid discomfort.

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