China moves forward with its Hyperloop by completing first tests

Hyperloop will allow people to travel at speeds of over 1,000 km/h

A few years ago there was a boom in Hyperloop, a land transport system that seemed to revolutionise the way we move from one point to another, especially to cover long distances thanks to the promise of being able to travel at high speed.

The Boring Company and Virgin, among others, were some of the companies that have been working on this form of transport, although they were not the only ones, although many have fallen by the wayside due to the high costs involved in this type of transport.

The Hyperloop concept is a kind of train that is transported through tunnels, tunnels that are close to being empty so that friction with the air is practically nil and this allows high speeds to be reached with very low energy consumption.

However, it seems that China has taken the lead over the rest of the companies working on a Hyperloop, and the media China Space News has confirmed that the first tests of its Hyperloop have already been carried out, a Hyperloop that they assure will be able to reach a speed of 1,000 km/h, thus being the fastest land transport in the world, and it would even exceed the speed of many of the trips that are made by plane, transport that today is the fastest to go from one point to another.

The first test run has been classified as a success, despite the fact that the distance travelled was only 210 metres and at a maximum speed of 50 km/h. The engineers have assured that the speed is limited by the distance that the Hyperloop can currently travel.

Even so, they are working to extend the first route to a length of 2 kilometres, thus making it possible to reach higher speeds and get closer to the coveted 1,000 km/h.

This Hyperloop uses magnetic levitation technology, which means that it is not in contact with any physical element, which reduces resistance and avoids the wear and tear of certain materials.

If we compare the maximum speed of moving in Spain with the fastest land transport system that exists in Spain, which are the high-speed trains whose maximum speed is about 300 km / h, we can get an idea that traveling in a Hyperloop would mean going more than 3 times what we do today.

To give us an idea, if travelling on the Ave from Madrid to Barcelona takes about 2.5 hours, with the Hyperloop it would only take a little over 30 minutes. Surprising, isn’t it?

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