| How Maglev Works
Although most people are unfamiliar with maglev technology, its basic principles are relatively simple and readily understood. Compared to much of the equipment we already use in our existing transport systems, the hardware employed in maglev systems is not as complex, and less subject to stress during operation. For example, airplanes are much more complex than maglev vehicles. Airplanes have highly stressed, high temperature jet engines, many miles of electrical wiring and hydraulic lines, complex control systems and so on. In contrast, maglev vehicles based on superconducting magnets operate with simple coils of superconducting wire and compact cryogenic coolers. Maglev hardware is commercially available and highly reliable, and operates in a highly redundant manner with a very large margin of safety.
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