US Air Force has cracked the world record for fastest magnetically levitated (MagLev) sled at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. The record was broken in March this year, when the sled accelerated at around 283 meters per second and topped a speed of 1,019 kmph. All this on a track which was just 600 meters long.
In 2013, it was the same 846th Test Squadron team that set an earlier record of 821 kmph and has gone on to break this record twice in one week this year. Before toughing the 1,018 kmph mark, the team touched 826 kmph two days ago.
The video footage shows the 2,000 lb (907 kg) sled traveling at insane speed across the 2,100-foot track. MagLev system uses magnets to lift the sled while rockets propel it across the track leaving a trail of fiery dust behind it.
Lt. Col. Shawn Morgenstern, Commander of 846th Test Squadron who is proud of his team and has acknowledged the amount of work that has gone into breaking this record, states that they have used very cold liquid helium to levitate the sled with superconducting magnetic.
This latest test was a great deal faster than any of the tests carried out to date. The team had been preparing for these tests over the past six months and will continue to work on this technology. The team now wants to lighten the sled and see if it will allow them to travel at even greater speed.