20 December 2017

The future of travelling is superfast

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Carl

From Elon Musk’s Hyperloop to the new superfast Chinese train: innovation and technology at the service of the transport sector.

 

The key word of travelling in the future is speed. The high-speed train designed by Elon Musk, Hyperloop, is about to become reality. It could already be up and running in 2019.

Hyperloop has already conducted studies in Switzerland, Russia and Finland. Some of the first possible itineraries, still in the feasibility stage, are: from Mexico City to Guadalajara (532 km in 38 minutes) from Edinburgh to London (666 km in 50 minutes) or from Glasgow to Liverpool (545 km in 47 minutes). These lines would be upgraded for the futuristic high-speed transport system inside tubes where the pressurized capsules, practically capable of flying at 1200km/h, will transit.

“This is the dawn of a new era in transport, commented Shervin Pishevar, CEO of Hyperloop One.

All the components of the Hyperloop system have been successfully tested, including the electric engine, the electronics, the magnetic levitation and the vacuum system.

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[Photo credit: www.elledecor.it]

 

China is ready to challenge the South African entrepreneur Elon Musk with a new line of flying trains. In fact, the CASIC engineers are designing trains that can reach 4000 km/h. The Chinese project is even more ambitious: we are talking about super-fast trains, which, thanks to magnetic levitation, will be able to travel in airless tubes reaching 4000 km/h. A speed that is over four times faster than a Boeing 787In order for this to become reality, a network of infrastructure must be built that can support similar speeds and technologies. The Chinese contractors have already announced that they would transport the “flying train” to around sixty countries in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, but they have not set a date.

The world has numerous doubts about the emergency brake system. In fact, quickly stopping at similar speeds is inconceivable and the Chinese company needs to understand how to assure their flying trains have emergency braking.

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[Photo credit: hyperloop.global]

 

Moreover, many scientists doubt people. Will the human body be able to face such a speed? The professor Zhao Jian, who has been particularly critical about the project, as in his opinion people will not be able to sustain a speed of 4000 km/h unless they have undergone special training, as with astronauts.