Florida Superconducting Maglev Technology Project

Under this project, Maglev 2000 of Florida (M2000) will research and demonstrate the feasibility of a superconducting electrodynamic suspension (repulsive force) technology based on the concept of Drs. Gordon Danby and James Powell, who first pioneered the concept of magnetically levitated transport based on superconducting magnets in 1966. The high field strength superconducting magnets enable M2000 vehicles to be stabley levitated at low speed, including zero, with very low guideway power requirements. This project will manufacture, fabricate, and test levitation and propulsion components suitable for an operational demonstration of an urban maglev transit prototype vehicle. Phase One will focus on the construction, manufacture, and assembly of the guideway, coils, superconducting magnets, train control and prototype vehicle. Maglev 2000 will demonstrate the levitation concept on the prototype vehicle and measure the propulsion forces at their guideway facilities at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida. Phase Two will include preliminary design of a 7-mile revenue service route connecting the Visitor Center and Apollo/Saturn V Exhibit Center at Kennedy Space Center. Phase Three includes final design of the 7-mile revenue service route. Superconducting magnets enable Maglev vehicles to operate with much greater clearances above the guideway (6 inch gap) than room temperature magnets (3/8 of an inch gap). Large gaps improve safety, allow greater construction tolerances and decrease construction costs, and reduce sensitivity to ground setting and earthquakes. This is a congressionally directed project.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $1000000.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Transit Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Pindiprolu, Venkat

    • Performing Organizations:

      Maglev 2000 of Florida Corporation

      6995 Tico Road
      Titusville, FL  United States  32780-
    • Principal Investigators:

      Wagner, Thomas

    • Start Date: 20010900
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20020900
    • Source Data: RiP Project 7172

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01459375
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
    • Contract Numbers: FTA-FL-26-7023
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:02PM