Terreplane Technologies, LLC


4 Bingham
Columbia, MO 65203
United States of America

InnoTrans 2018
  • Railway Technology Railway Technology

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Drone technology will bring unprecedented disruption to transportation. HS-Drone knows how to make that happen!

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


Drone air busses will essentially eliminate need for infrastructure while providing unparalleled service.
Zipline-type guideways will reduce infrastructure costs by more than 75%.
Here is how:

Helicopters (and quadcopters) cruise at energy efficiencies(passenger miles per gallon) less than one fourth that of trains and fixed-wing aircraft. Even the V-22 Osprey has a cruising efficiency of only about one third that of fixed-wing aircraft due to complexity, heavy weight, and non-optimal design features.
HS-Drone technology enables vertical takeoff and landing to use simple designs to transition to fixed wing flight with efficiencies equal to that of the best trains and aircraft; in fact, it should be able to exceed the efficiencies of the best available alternatives. The resided in the combination of lifting-body fuselage designs and patent-pending tiltwing technology for transition. See HS-Drone.com.

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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