This page gives basic details of organisations and people who are currently known to be working on large diameter capsule pipeline projects, and the projects they are working on. Be warned that this information may be out of date. 'Large' diameter is considered to be approximately one foot or greater. All whose listed have engaged in some form of concerted attempt to develop schemes or technology. Those that appear to this author to have not developed beyond an initial idea or scoping paper can be found under the ideas section.

Technology listed is:

The status (in mid 2007) of the work is shown, if known. If you have new information about a project, please contact the author.

Freight Pipeline Company, USA - formerly Henry Liu

Founded to develop and implement many of the techniques from the Capsule Pipeline Research Centre, work evolved to the development of compacted flyash bricks for the construction industry. Henry Liu died in a road accident on 1 December 2009 (source).

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Capsule Pipeline Research Centre, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA - formerly Henry Liu, Thomas Marrero

Once a highly active university research department, research now seems to have finished.

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Related resources:

  1. Facts About Pneumatic Capsule Pipeline (FAQ) [cached text]
  2. Facts About Coal Log Pipeline (FAQ) [cached text]
  3. Coal Log Pipeline System Description [cached text]

Tubexpress/Ampower Corporation, USA - William Vandersteel

Further information: http://www.tubexpress.com/ [cached text]

Magplane Technology Inc, USA - Bruce Montgomery

Further information: http://www.magplane.com/ [cached text]

Related resources:

  1. Capsule Pipeline Transport Using An Electromagnetic Drive [cached text]
  2. Electromagnetic Pipeline Transport Systems for the Phosphate Industry [cached text]

Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd/Capsule Liner, Japan - formerly Sanai Kosugi

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Related resources:

  1. Karasawa Mine
  2. Dr. S. Kosugi Passed Away on October 14th, 2004 [cached text]

Southern Ontario Technologies Inc, Canada - Mike Marcu

Further information: 285 Raleigh Ave, Scarborough, Ont, M1K 1A5, Canada. Fax: +1 416 266 7494. Email: mmarcu (at) cogeco.ca.

Pneutrans Systems Limited, Canada - Brink Weaver

Further information: http://www.pneutrans.net/ [cached text]

Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, USA - Steve Roop

Further information: http://tti.tamu.edu/research_areas/topic.htm?p_tid=7

Related resources:

  1. The Future of Freight: Research Explores underground pipeline system [cached text]
  2. Freight and pipeline publications

Pipe§net, Università di Perugia, Italy - Franco Cotana

Further information: http://www.pipenet.it/ [cached text]

CargoCap, Germany - Dietrich Stein

Further information: http://www.cargocap.com/ [cached text]

Underground Logistics System Schiphol, Netherlands - Johan Visser

Further information: http://www.connekt.nl/, http://www.ocp.tudelft.nl/transport/Research/Underground.htm.

Transprogress, former USSR/Georgia SSR - Alexandrov/Kershenbaum/Jvarsheishvili

Further information: Nothing available, except in the history section.

University of Minnesota, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics - Yiyuan Zhao, Thomas Lundgren

Further information: http://www.lrrb.gen.mn.us/more.cfm?code=545

Related resources:

  1. Characteristics of a Freight Pipeline Transportation System [cached text]

Magtube, USA

Further information: http://www.magtube.com/ [cached text]

Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies (ET3), USA - Daryl Oster

Further information: http://www.et3.com/ [cached text]

Related resources:

  1. Discussed on Slashdot

FoodTubes, United Kingdom - Noel Hodson

Further information: http://www.noelhodson.com/index_files/foodtubes-main-proposal-links.htm

BHR Group (formerly British Hydromechanics Research Association), United Kingdom - Ed Broomfield

Further information: http://www.bhrgroup.co.uk/

Metro-Freight, United Kingdom

Further information: None available.

Fast Tube System (FTS), United Kingdom - Richard Earle

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RBT Inc, Canada - Harry Ha

Further information: Harry Ha, 2602-25 Mabelle Avenue, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, M9A 4Y1. Telephone: 416-617-0899. Email: harryha (at) sympatico.ca.