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Can China’s Maglev Train With A Speed Of 620km/Hour Bring Down Air Travellers?

Recently on 13 January 2021, China launched a successful prototype for Maglev train that can wind up to 600 Km/ Hour. This can be a great option for people who have to travel a long distance to their work daily.
The test was launched at Southwest China’s city of  Chengdu, last Wednesday. In the launch, the prototype Maglev train was rolled out which used High- Temperature Superconducting Technology (HTS) maglev technology as its locomotive, as per China Daily.

Maglev Train, the abbreviation for Magnetic Levitation uses Magnetic Tracks that powers the train and increases its speed. Although the train was prepared with the idea of traveling up to the rate of 620Km/hour, Researchers highly believe that they can expand the speed up to 800Km/hour.

The trains get their power when there will be superconductivity that occurs from the electrical resistance on appearing Zero as they cool down to very low temperatures. This superconducting state will be the prime key that makes the maglev train super fast and efficient. Currently, they are using liquid nitrogen instead of liquid helium to lower the temperature, since liquid helium is very expensive according to Deng Zigang, a researcher with the State Key Laboratory of Traction Power at Southwest Jiaotong University, included in a South China Morning Post.

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China has been maintaining the position of the world leader in the area of constructions and uses of High-Speed Railways. To make it even better, China now becomes the first-ever country to successfully run the Maglev Trains. The country also has high-speed rail lines of 37,970km in service, which is the longest in the world. 

Coming back to the new prototype of the maglev train, it was designed and made by CRCC Qingdao, Shandong Province. The train traveled 1.5 km on super-powerful magnetic tracks to Shanghai for its test. Before the prototype finally made its journey, it completed almost 200 tests, in Seven categories, with all key ingredients, satisfying the required design set.

The sonic speed Maglev train was an output of three years of research development and partnership with 30 companies. According to a report by CCRC, Qingdao Sifang said that, while achieving the final prototype of the maglev train, the company had achieved major breakthrough in core technologies that deals with things like suspension, friction, communication, and control.

Ding says “ the HTS technology can make the train float without electricity, and it can be moved with just one hand”. To prove ting the launch time, a reporter was allowed to move the 12-ton levitated locomotive with just one finger, on a news covered by China Daily.

Currently, the production for the magnetic powerful tracks is very high. But Ding agrees that, if the items are mass-produced then it will be cheaper than now. Also, the research team is focusing on reducing noise in the prototype. They are planning to refocus on the aerodynamics of the prototype to reduce noise in the train. However, if all things go right we can expect this maglev train floating around the Chinese streets till the year 2027.

When the Maglev train comes on the track it will be cheaper, faster, and easily accessible to the people living in major cities of China like Bejing and Sanghai. This brings a topic of whether people will still choose to fly in the air buying expensive tickets and going through more hurdles, or they will enjoy the levitating sonic ride on one of the magnetically levitated trains?

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