Southwest Jiaotong University scientists in China have built a super-maglev train that can hit 1,800 mph (2,900 km/h), thanks to a vacuum that is used to minimize air resistance. Practical uses include military or space launch systems, says project lead Dr Deng Zigang. For those unfamiliar with the technology, maglev trains utilize electromagnetism for propulsion and to lift the train off a track for substantially reducing friction. Continue reading for a video and more information.

Gizmag adds, “In developing the train, Zigang first had to create a small, remote-controlled ring-line version of the system on which the maglev vehicle could accelerate to 15 mph (25 km/h). That was achieved in February last year, after which an evacuation tube was added to create an internal vacuum.”