Hyperloop train accelerates to almost the speed of soundNovember 16, 2020
Just a few days ago, Virgin Hyperloop carried out the first passenger transport using the Hyperloop vacuum train. Now it became known that she managed to accelerate this type of transport to a speed of over 1000 km / h, setting a world record.
The tests took place in South Korea with the participation of the Korean Railway Research Institute (Korail). During the experiment, a smaller version of the vacuum train capsule was able to accelerate to a speed of 1019 km / h, which is only slightly less than the speed of sound in air (1191.6 km / h). Prior to that, such vehicles could be dispersed to a much more modest 714 km / h.
It is worth noting that the recent trip with the participation of passengers took place at a top speed of only 160 km / h. However, South Korea has already announced its intention to use Hyperloop to connect Seoul and Busan by 2024. Travel time between cities is expected to be reduced from the current 3 hours to just 30 minutes.
The idea of the Hyperloop vacuum train was first proposed by Elon Musk in 2012. However, he himself decided not to engage in this technology, preferring the conquest of space. Instead, the concept was picked up by several third-party companies.
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