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The following paper presents and discusses technical variants in magnetic suspension-repelling permanent magnets, electrodynamic and electromagnetic suspension methods, controlled lift magnets. In addition, propulsion methods for magnetically suspended vehicles are also shown. The synchronous long stator linear motor has achieved particular importance since it makes possible an efficient energy conversion. The load-carrying capacity is not reduced by the weight of the drive and the layout enables a very good integration of the lift and thrust functions. A further reduction of the on-board power requirements can be achieved by using permanent magnets to generate the rated induction in the air gap. Several magnetic suspension systems constructed or under construction with the long stator method are also mentioned.