Freight Shuttle International (FSI) has established a 34-acre test and evaluation (T&E) center in Bryan, Texas. The T&E Center is specifically designed to test and demonstrate the Freight Shuttle System (FSS) in an operating environment. The center integrates all the elements of the FSS, including the Freight Shuttle Alpha transporter prototype, guideway, electrification system, and the command-and-control system to support demonstration, testing, and enhancement of the FSS and the interfaces among the Freight Shuttle subsystems.
A Full-Scale Operating Prototype System
The Freight Shuttle T&E Center, currently in Phase 1 of its development, will support eight transporters operating simultaneously. Phase 1 includes a drive on/off loading ramp for truck trailers and an operating guideway switch. Phase 2 includes a half-mile loop to allow continuous operation of the vehicle for accelerated service testing.
The third phase of development at the FSI T&E center will add a 1-mile elevated loop to support more comprehensive tests.
Integrated with Design, Development and Fabrication
Activities at the Freight Shuttle T&E Center are integrated and coordinated with the activities of the FSI Development Team and with the design and fabrication process to allow end-to-end control and coordination of the Freight Shuttle development process. The FSI T&E Center will support development of future prototype Freight Shuttle vehicles and subsystems, as well as the design, development, and testing of actual systems to be deployed to provide lower cost and superior service to customers.