Sports cars that speed from zero to 60 mph in four-and-a-half seconds have met their match: A new high-technology track at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., accelerates a model spacecraft from zero to 60 in less than a half-second -- with the flip of an electric switch. This magnetic levitation -- or maglev -- track will demonstrate technologies that could dramatically reduce the cost of getting to space. The Marshall Center and industry partner PRT Advanced Maglev Systems Inc. of Park Forest, Ill., have just completed installation of a 50-foot track at Marshall.
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