Flight Rail was invited to brief the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on the VECTORR technology. Our local Congressman, Jared Huffman, and Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster, facilitated our staff to meet with the Railroad Subcommittee. It was a very productive meeting. The Railroad Subcommittee staff were interested in learning more about Flight Rail, the VECTORR technology, and what obstacles may exist in developing the technology. We are honored to have participated in this briefing!
We are fortunate to participate a second year in the Math, Engineering and Science Achievement program (MESA) through the Mendocino College here in Ukiah, California. The students focused on our VECTORR technology and were awarded Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships and presented the material at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting held in Washington, D.C. January 13-17. The students this year included Mikeal Tadeo and Oliver Bojorquez with their presentation on the "Choice of Parameters for an Elevated Atmospheric Propulsion Transportation System" and Jason Whitney with his presentation on the "Geometrics of an Elevated Atmospheric Propulsion Transportation System." We appreciate their enthusiasm for our technology.
Flight Rail Corp. participated in a feasibility study issued by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to determine the technical and financial feasibility of implementing a high-speed transit system on a fixed guideway in Colorado's I-70 Mountain Corridor between Jefferson County and the Eagle County Regional Airport. Word went out to all transit technology inventors to submit a Statement of Technical Information for the Colorado Advanced Guideway System Project. Out of 18 responders, the VECTORR system was chosen as one of the top 11 technologies found to be capable of providing a system that would meet the criteria necessary. This qualified the VECTORR for further feasibility review and an invitation to present our technology at a Technology Forum in Colorado. CDOT determined there is a significant funding gap for installing a high-speed transit system and has tabled the project.
Flight Rail Corp. was a presenter this week at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board held in Washington, D.C. We were honored to receive an invitation to present our white paper entitled, Atmospheric Propulsion for High-Speed Inter-City Passenger Rail. Our technology was well received and new contacts were made with transportation scholars, government officials, and private sector representatives. We were very fortunate to have two Mendocino College MESA student interns, James Acevedo and Sandra Arellano, present their study of our technology at this annual meeting through the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program. Their presentation was entitled, Choice of Parameters for an Elevated Atmospheric Propulsion Transportation System.
We were honored by a feature on the front page of the Ukiah Daily Journal describing our 1/6 scale prototype.
We now have the gate valve (G-Valve) installed that automatically closes off the east end of the power tube. This valve enables push-pull on the 10% and 2% grades whenever VECTORR is on the guideway between the two power systems. When the VECTORR is on either side of the power systems, we can use push-push or pull-pull which more than doubles our top speed capability.