Planting Environmental Sensors, Trees and Surveillance Devices With Swarm Projectiles

Cross Pollination may be the key to finding the best applications for divergent and innovative technologies. As a quasi-Futurist, and Founder of a Think Tank I’ve come over the years to understand the value of guidelines and how to help nurture such concept across venues, industries and unique areas of the human endeavor. I want to take this opportunity to present such a case study.

You see, we are going to enter the age of The Internet of Things where our real lives will be blurred with the virtual world, we may one day come to call this “4-D Knowing” and even if some other term is used, you get the idea. My case study may be the idea of using “planetary penetrator” schemes and designs here on the planet and on other worlds to feed people the data you want to know, all the time.

Now then, please read this paper; “Planetary Penetrators – The Vanguard for future years Exploration of the Solar System,” Glyn Collinson; UK Penetrator Consortium (2008), JBIS, 61, 198-202. Not only is this perfect for Moons, Planets, Comets and Asteroids but we can utilize this concept to answer some very interesting questions such as for example; is there permafrost under the Martian Surface. Take a look that the diagrams and sketches in that paper;

Do you remember how during the Cold War the Russians and Americans had ICBMs with multiple splintering warheads which may have one missile divide into 10 upon re-entry? Well, imagine small units how big is a smart phone, hundreds of them in each missile, ready to disseminate in a grid pattern and embed themselves into the surface, or into the ocean quickly sinking to the bottom?

Interestingly enough, there is talk right now about monitoring the seafloor because it is a fragile environment and humans desire to more mining, oil exploration, and extraction of REEs (Rare Earth Elements). In fact; start to see the article in the Financial Times on February 17, 2014 titled; “Experts demand improved ‘stewardship’ for deep sea mining,” by Clive Cookson in Chicago.

Okay so, for planting trees we are able to use UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and submit cluster-like munitions with really small projectiles mini-versions of the planetary penetrators which only embed the seeds several inches along with enough water to sprout and pre-nutrient rich plant food spikes.

Obviously for military sensors we can drop them into deserts, terrain instead of a minefield strategy. environmental sensors No more worries about left over mines that maim or kill after the war or human conflict is long over decades later. While in use they are able to ping the satellite upon any crossing of robotic warriors, troops, tanks, or vehicles. They can be used to protect unauthorized border crossings inside our country or in any allied nation as well.

Indeed, I hope you’ll sit back and close your eyes and consider this for a moment. Email me when you have anything to add or we can brainstorm on other unique applications, as that is merely scratching the surface of tomorrow’s information flows. Think on it.