In silence and ignorance of the media, in January of this year, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies entered into an agreement with the South Korean authorities to begin work on a full-scale vacuum train. And now, almost half a year later, some details of the grandiose undertaking were made public.
Firstly, the goal of the project is multi-year cooperation, with the prospect of creating a new transport system that will cover the whole of South Korea. Not a single point of interest, but an ordinary HyperTube Express service, a half-hour trip from Seoul to Busan instead of 3 hours, as it is now. Secondly, Korean engineers will take part in the development of all elements of the vacuum train: pipes, levitating mechanism, batteries, etc.
It’s not a fact that the Korean vacuum train will transport the first passenger in history, because similar projects are operating right now in Russia, Finland, Dubai and the USA . Only in the latter country there is more talk about attracting investments, in the Emirates rely on tourist attraction, while Russians and Finns only asked Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to calculate the benefits of Hyperloop in their countries. Koreans, it seems, are already seriously ready to begin building a full-fledged test stand.
As noted in the Korean Institute of Civil Engineering, the necessary resources for the implementation of the project the country’s authorities have already identified. And it’s time to move from paper to shovel – the calculations are almost complete and the Korean “construction of the century” is about to begin.