A Step Closer to Near-Supersonic Train Travel

Stephan Ploegman
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South Korea’s hyperloop train reaches over 1,000 km/h in recent tests

The Korean Railroad Research Institute (KORAIL) recently announced that its Hyper Tube Express (HTX) train achieved a speed of over 1,000 km/h (621 mph) during a test, marking a significant achievement in the race to create the world’s fastest train system. The HTX is an ultra-fast transit system that moves trains at near-supersonic speeds by leveraging the magnetic levitation principle inside a tube under partial vacuum – a concept similar to Elon Musk’s Hyperloop design. To test their concept, KORAIL developed a 1:17 scale test model.

South Korea's Hyper Tube train. Credit: KORAIL
South Korea's Hyper Tube train. Credit: KORAIL

HTX scale model

HTX scale model

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