In a major breakthrough, China has unveiled a prototype of an indigenously developed floating train that runs a superfast speed of 620 kilometres per hour and can reach up to 385 mph.
The 69-foot “super bullet maglev” model, created by the scientists at Southwest Jiaotong University, has no wheels.
Developed with high-temperature superconducting technology, the train rolls on magnetic levitation with the help of magnets that allow it to ‘hover’ above the track. This makes it look like the train is floating along the magnetized tracks and allows for faster, frictionless travel.
Taking to Twitter, the Xinhua News said: “The superconductor technology the train employs could make it faster and lighter than its peers.” The prototype was unveiled with much fanfare, however, the actual operation is expected to take about three or four years.
The designed model is envisaged to reduce travel time between London and Paris and bring down to just 47 minutes.
The debut of the ‘floating’ train has been hailed as a “zero to one” breakthrough in the country’s development of HTS technology.
Researchers are further working on pushing the current speed to 800 kmph.