Terreplane Technologies, LLC


4 Bingham
Columbia, MO 65203
United States of America

  • InnoTrans 2018
  • Hall 2.2 405

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Paradigm of epic proportions ... Opportunity of epic proportions. How will you emerge from the disruption?


The paradigm is that train cars and aircraft fuselages, alike, can generate substantial flight-generating lift. The implications are huge.


Terretrane (transit system) uses substantially-wingless tethered-glider trains/cars traveling along 40 mm diameter zipline-type guideways. Expensive tracks and highways are not needed. Routing is easy, over: building, streets, tracks, rivers, and mountain hollows.
Terretrane guideway systems operating at 1/5th the cost, 1/5th the time, and 1/5th the energy relative to much transit currently served by cars, trains, and aircraft. Terretrane enhances existing transportation infrastructure at a minimal cost with significant cost savings and enhanced performance.


Terretrans (aircraft) incorporates lift-generating surfaces on fuselages, this results in:
  • up to a doubling of aircraft fuel economy,
  • a new generation of ultra-low-cost battery-powered aircraft,
  • takeoff and landing at less than 200 meters allowing service from several locations within any given city or village,
  • improved levels of safety due to lack of liquid fuel on vehicle and sustained flight a speeds down to 50 mph, and
  • an air transit options without security waits and the need to show up early for your flight (immediately faster and more enjoyable).
This is not flying-wing technology. The misguided focus on flying wing designs is the single largest factor that created this paradigm (technology oversight).


Terreplane Technologies, LLC is a Research and Development company with over two dozen patentable claims on core and ancillary technologies summarized in two published PCT patent applications and a series of provisional applications to be converted to a third PCT patent application. Licensing of technology is available.


Core R&D activities include the following:
  • 3D printing of prototype vehicles and hardware up to 3 feet dimensions,
  • Wind tunnel testing and characterization of vehicles,
  • Composite molding using self-assembling electromagnetic cores for open-sided coil linear induction motors (LIM) that provide propulsion along zipline cables,
  • Testing of and characterization of open-sided LIMs, and
  • Assembly and testing of remote control 3D-printed Terretrans aircraft.

Terreplane Technology is ultimately a disruptive technology, but first it is constructive. Strategic and inexpensive installations can enhance the infrastructure already in place. Installations such as:
  • A bridge that costs $20 million instead of $200 million.
  • A "superport network" that connects multiple airports and main train stations in a 100 km radius with 10-minute, on-demand connection times.
  • A Terretrans (airplane) version of Megabus/Flixbus with $30 flights of 100-400 km distance without the queues and hassel of airport security.
  • Addition of a Terretrane guideway as a "piggyback" to an existing aerial tram system with extensions for faster and extended transit.
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