It’s not technically a train, but it is travelling on tracks. It’s not transporting anyone to any destination either, but it does levitate with impressive speed it’s definitely a sight to behold.
The U.S. Air Force recently conducted an experiment where it accelerated a sled on a magnetic levitation track at 633 miles per hour, which just happens to be the new world record for maglev. That’s more than 120mph faster than in previous runs.
Conducted at the Holloman Air Force Base by researchers from the 846th Test Squadron, the maglev experiment was more than successful. The team has been working on this technology for a few years and it has run similar tests in the past. The system uses helium to elevate the sled using superconductor magnets down a 2,100-foot track, Gizmodo explains.
It’s not clear whether the technology will be used to power actual trains in the future – the fastest MagLev train travels at 366mph – but this is an amazing accomplishment. Check out the short presentation video below.