Free Trend Report Free 2019 Report & eBook

Get the top 100 trends happening right NOW -- plus a FREE copy of our award-winning book. Our Research Methodology

This article is one of 350,000 experiments. We use crowd filtering, big data and AI to identify insights.

The Chinese 'Super Maglev' Train Will Travel in a Vacuum Chamber

 - May 23, 2014
References: & gizmag
Scientists at Southwest Jiaotong University in China have built a 'Super Maglev' train that could reach mind-blowing speeds of 2,900 km/h. Maglev (magnetic levitation) trains use electromagnetism to lift the train off a track so that it seemingly levitates, and to propel it forward. By removing the need for physical contact via wheels, friction is reduced and speed can be increased.

The current fastest maglev passenger train is the Shanghai Maglev Train, which can travel at up to 431 km/h. At speeds like these, air resistance become a problem.

To get around this problem, the Super Maglev train would travel in a vacuum tube, making it faster and more energy-efficient.

Project leader Dr. Deng Zigang believes this incredible technology could have military and space launch applications.