The train that travels at speed of sound!
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
South Korea wants to create an 'ultra-fast' train it hopes will be able to carry passengers at almost the speed of sound (file picture)

South Korea wants to create an 'ultra-fast' train it hopes will be able to carry passengers at almost the speed of sound.

Officials in the capital Seoul hope the near-supersonic mode of transport will be able to travel more than 620mph - drastically reducing journey times in the country.

It would operate inside a 'low-pressure tube' and, if development proves successful, could travel along at twice the speed of magnetic levitation trains - currently the fastest in the world capable of reaching 268mph.

According to the Korea Times, the train will almost reach the speed of sound just over - 767mph.

The Korea Railroad Research Institute said: 'We hope to create an ultra-fast train, which will travel inside a state-of-the-art low-pressure tube at lightning speeds, in the not-too-distant future.

'To that end, we will cooperate with associated institutes as well as Hanyang University to check the viability of various related technologies called the hyper-tube format over the next three years.'

'Many countries such as the United States, Canada, and China are competing to take the lead in this futuristic technology and we will also try to preempt our global rivals.

'The government has focused on interdisciplinary research and this will be the biggest effort we are working on to develop a representative future technology.'

It comes months after it emerged that Hyperloop, a futuristic transit system that allows travellers to reach their destinations at high speeds, is coming a step closer to reality.

 



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