The vacuum train project in South Korea reached a record speed of 1,019 km/h. This will cut the travel time between Seoul and Busan from three hours to 30 minutes.
The Hyperloop prototype in South Korea reached speeds of over 1000 km/h, just days after the high-speed vehicle concept conducted the first successful passenger tests using this technology. The Korea Railway Research Institute has announced that the Hyperloop has reached a top speed of 1,019 km/h.
The previous top speed, also set by the institute, was 714 km/h. South Korea hopes to launch Hyperloop by 2024, which will cut travel times between Seoul and Busan from three hours to 30 minutes.
The country already has high-speed trains serving this route, but the government is keen to make travel even faster on it.
For the first time, the idea of high-speed vacuum trains was proposed by the head of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, saying that anyone can use it. Today three companies are working on the transport project – Virgin Hyperloop One, Hyperloop Transport Technologies, and Hyperloop One.
The most famous companies in this area – HTT and Hyperloop One – appear every few months in different parts of the world and announce the construction of a test section of the track or the conclusion of a contract with local authorities to transport passengers on a high-speed road. According to the plans of companies and officials, the Hyperloop lines should cover the UAE, Europe, the United States, but it is still difficult to say when the first person will travel in a vacuum train.