As a follow-up to How does the pressurized suspension of the Hyperloop not affect the tube pressure?, I believe (though I can't find where I read it now) that the Virgin Hyperloop One implementation will use magnetic levitation rather than air pressure. While the FAQ there has a "Speed, Propulsion/Levitation, Energy" category, it doesn't seem to address levitation explicitly.

Question: Does the Hyperloop One indeed use magnetic levitation, and does the primary levitation force require constant flow of electrical current (vs permanent magnets on both sides), and if so, would that be through copper, or through superconducting windings?

edit 1: to the first part of the question; yes it does indeed use magnetic levitation, see the YouTube video also shown here.

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  • $\begingroup$ It definitely requires suspension of disbelief. $\endgroup$ Jun 23, 2018 at 20:19


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