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A Canadian startup has unveiled a hyperloop-style vacuum train billed as a “wingless plane” that can carry passengers at speeds of 1,000 km/h.

The all-electric ‘FluxJet’ is a hybrid between an airplane and a train and could carry up to 54 passengers and 10 tons of cargo.

The design is based on a new field of physics called ‘veillance flux’ and features a ‘non-contact power transmission’.

The vision resembles that of Virgin Hyperloop network of 600 mph pods to be rolled out in 2030, based on a system proposed by Elon Musk.

TransPod, the company behind the project, says the FluxJet will travel through Canada along its special tubing system, known as the TransPod line.

The line will have stations in key locations and major cities, with pods expected to depart every two minutes.

Futuristic: A hyperloop-like vacuum train that can carry passengers around at 1,000 km/h and billed as a plane without wings, has been unveiled by a Canadian startup

The 'FluxJet', which could carry up to 54 passengers and 10 tons of cargo, is an all-electric vehicle that is a hybrid between an airplane and a train

The ‘FluxJet’, which could carry up to 54 passengers and 10 tons of cargo, is an all-electric vehicle that is a hybrid between an airplane and a train

TransPod, the company behind the project, says the FluxJet will travel through Canada along its special tubing system, known as the TransPod line. Pictured is the vision of what the FluxJet would look like from the inside

TransPod, the company behind the project, says the FluxJet will travel through Canada along its special tubing system, known as the TransPod line. Pictured is the vision of what the FluxJet would look like from the inside

The design is based on a new physics field called 'veillance flux' and features a 'non-contact power transmission'

The design is based on a new physics field called ‘veillance flux’ and features a ‘non-contact power transmission’

KEY FACTS

Top speed: 621 mph (1,000 kph)

Passengers: 54

Load: 10 tons

Where it will run: Canada

Fuel: Electric

TransPod, which recently received $550 million (£468 million) in funding, has already begun preliminary construction on a tube that will transport people from Calgary to Edmonton in 45 minutes.

It will take nearly a third of the traffic off the highway from Calgary to Edmonton, TransPod says.

Not only that, but also on the FluxJet will reportedly cost about 44 percent less than a plane ticket and reduce CO2 emissions by about 636,000 tons per year.

“This milestone is a major leap forward,” said Ryan Janzen, co-founder and CTO of TransPod.

“The FluxJet is at the crossroads of scientific research, industrial development and massive infrastructure to meet passenger needs and reduce our reliance on fossil fuel-powered aircraft and highways.”

At TransPod’s unveiling event in Toronto, a scaled-down prototype was featured in a live demonstration showing its flight capabilities.

The nearly 1-ton vacuum train was engaged in take-off, travel and landing procedures within its guideway.

No further details have been released on how much the FluxJet will cost to build or when they will be ready to drive.

TransPod, which recently received $550 million (£468 million) in funding, has already begun preliminary construction of a tube that will transport people from Calgary to Edmonton in 45 minutes.

TransPod, which recently received $550 million (£468 million) in funding, has already begun preliminary construction of a tube that will transport people from Calgary to Edmonton in 45 minutes.

According to the Canadian startup, nearly a third of the traffic from the Calgary to Edmonton highway is needed

According to the Canadian startup, nearly a third of the traffic from the Calgary to Edmonton highway is needed

Not only that, driving the FluxJet reportedly costs about 44 percent less than a plane ticket and reduces CO2 emissions by about 636,000 tons per year

Not only that, driving the FluxJet reportedly costs about 44 percent less than a plane ticket and reduces CO2 emissions by about 636,000 tons per year

At TransPod's unveiling event in Toronto, a scaled-down prototype was featured in a live demonstration showing its flight capabilities

At TransPod’s unveiling event in Toronto, a scaled-down prototype was featured in a live demonstration showing its flight capabilities

The nearly 1 ton vacuum train doing take-off, travel and landing procedures within its guideway

The nearly 1 ton vacuum train doing take-off, travel and landing procedures within its guideway

No further details have been released on how much the FluxJet will cost to build or when they will be ready to drive

No further details have been released on how much the FluxJet will cost to build or when they will be ready to drive

The vehicle is also equipped with aerodynamic and propulsion systems specifically designed to reduce friction.

Essentially, this design allows the magnetically levitated pods to travel at a higher speed than trains, cars and jets.

“All the hard work of the past few years has led to this landmark moment when talk becomes a reality,” said Sebastien Gendron, co-founder and CEO of TransPod.

“The technology is proven and we have the confidence of investors, governments and partners to continue to effectively redefine transportation.”

Janzen added: “The FluxJet is a first for Canadian innovation and is the next major infrastructure project to be completed worldwide.

“The TransPod Line is being developed in collaboration with our partners in Europe, the US and beyond, including universities, research centers, the aerospace industry, architecture, railway and construction partners.”

The vehicle is also equipped with aerodynamic and propulsion systems specifically designed to reduce friction

The vehicle is also equipped with aerodynamic and propulsion systems specifically designed to reduce friction

Essentially, this design allows the magnetically levitated pods to travel faster than trains, cars and jets

Essentially, this design allows the magnetically levitated pods to travel faster than trains, cars and jets

“All the hard work over the past few years has led to this landmark moment when talk becomes a reality,” said Sebastien Gendron, TransPod's co-founder and CEO.

“All the hard work over the past few years has led to this landmark moment when talk becomes a reality,” said Sebastien Gendron, TransPod’s co-founder and CEO.

The vision shares similarities with Virgin's Hyperloop network of 600 mph pods to be rolled out in 2030, while Elon Musk has also proposed a similar system.

The vision shares similarities with Virgin’s Hyperloop network of 600 mph pods to be rolled out in 2030, while Elon Musk has also proposed a similar system.

 

WHAT IS THE HYPERLOOP?

Hyperloop is a proposed method of travel that would transport people at about 700 mph between distant locations.

It was unveiled in 2013 by Elon Musk, who at the time said it could take passengers the 610 miles (610 km) from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes — half the time it takes an airplane.

It is essentially a long tube with the air removed to create a vacuum. For safety reasons, Hyperloop tunnels require emergency hatches in the event of a fire.

The pipe is suspended from the ground to protect against weather influences and earthquakes.

There are now a number of companies vying to bring the technology to life, including Elon Musk himself, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Virgin Hyperloop One.

As several companies compete to create the first operational Hyperloop, Elon Musk's vision of a radical transportation system that could carry passengers over land at 760 miles per hour is getting closer and closer to reality.

As several companies compete to create the first operational Hyperloop, Elon Musk’s vision of a radical transportation system that could carry passengers over land at 760 miles per hour is getting closer and closer to reality.

 

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