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China's CASIC Research Center, which is developing an ultra-fast maglev Hyperloop train capable of carrying passengers at speeds in excess of 1,000 km/h, has completed its first test runs using a full-size passenger capsules.
On Wednesday, China Space News reported that three test runs of the ultra-fast train had been completed on the Datong test line. According to the report, during test launches on Saturday, the capsule reached speeds of up to 50 km/h, covering a distance of 210 meters each time.
China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation CASIC, which built and operates the facility, said that during the test, critical components including the superconducting magnet, powerful electrical systems, AI security controls, wireless communication devices, and sensors worked well according to plan, which &ldquo ;opens the way for future experiments at higher speeds”.
Maintaining a low pressure environment in a vacuum tube is one of the biggest challenges in technology development.
The fastest high-speed trains currently operate at 350 km/h. Increasing their speed will significantly increase rail wear and energy consumption due to air resistance. But the maglev or magnetic levitation technology at the Datong site eliminates the friction that wears out the rails, and the vacuum tube reduces air resistance.
It took the project team less than a year to complete its first test run since construction began — the result, according to China Space News, was “thanks to innovation and strong government support.”
A test was conducted in October using a smaller prototype capsule while the tube was still under construction. The length of the test site pipe is currently 2 km and is expected to be extended to 60 km in the next few years to reach a maximum speed of 1,000 km/h.
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