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A Canadian startup has unveiled a hyperloop-style vacuum train called the ‘FluxJet’. Billed as a “wingless plane” that can move at 621 mph (1,000 km/h), the all-electric ‘FluxJet’ is a hybrid between a plane and a train and can carry up to 54 passengers and 10 tons of cargo.
Designed and build by Transpod, the vaccum train is based on a new field of physics the company calls “surveillance flow” and features “contactless power transmission.” The vehicle equipped with aerodynamic and propulsion systems designed specifically to reduce friction, will travel along its dedicated tube system across Canada known as the TransPod line.
TransPod which recently received $550 m funding will have stations in key locations and major cities, with modules expected to run every two minutes. Using FluxJet will reduce traffic from the roads, will cost 44 per cent less than a plane ticket and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 636,000 tons per year.
At its unveiling event in Toronto, the TransPod showed the flight capabilities of a scaled-down prototype in a live demo. The nearly 1-tonne vacuum train performed takeoff, travel and landing procedures within its guide. Essentially, this design allows the magnetically levitated pods to travel at a faster speed than trains, cars and jets.
‘This milestone is a major leap forward. The FluxJet is at a nexus of scientific research, industrial development, and massive infrastructure to address passengers’ needs and reduce our dependence on fossil-fuel-heavy jets and highways.’
Ryan Janzen, co-founder and CTO at TransPod.
‘All the hard work over the past few years has led to this milestone moment where talk is becoming a reality. The technology is proven, and we have the confidence of investors, governments and partners to continue pushing forward to redefine transportation effectively.’
TransPod’s co-founder and CEO Sebastien Gendron
Janzen added: ‘The FluxJet is a first for Canadian innovation and is the next great infrastructure project to be brought worldwide. The TransPod Line is being developed in collaboration with our partners in Europe, USA, and beyond, including universities, research centres, the aerospace industry, architecture, railway, and construction partners.’
The FluxJet is long tube that has had the air removed to create a vacuum. For safety, the Hyperloop tunnel has escape hatches in case of fire. The tube is suspended from the ground to protect it against weather and earthquakes.
Bearing similarity to Virgin’s Hyperloop network of 600mph pods set to be deployed by 2030, based on a system proposed by Elon Musk. The proposed Hyperloop is a proposed travel method that would transport people at approximately 700 mph between distant locations.
First, the hyperloop model was introduced by Elon Musk in 2013, who at the time said it could get passengers 380 miles (610 km) from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes, half the time it takes on a plane. Now there are a number of companies who are competing to bring the technology to life.
Logistics Insider Magazine June Issue 2023