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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 have come over the years to realize the value of guidelines and how to help nurture such concept across venues, industries and unique regions of the human endeavor. Let me take this possibility to present such a research study.

You see, we are about to enter the age of THE WEB of Things where our real lives will be blurred with the virtual world, we might one day come to call this “4-D Knowing” and also if some other term is used, you get the point. My case study may be the concept of using “planetary penetrator” schemes and designs here on Earth and on other worlds to feed people the data we 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. ambient sensor Not merely is this ideal 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 beneath the Martian Surface. Take a look that the diagrams and sketches in that paper;

Do you remember how through 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 the size of a smart phone, hundreds of them in each missile, all set to spread out in a grid pattern and embed themselves into the surface, or in to the ocean quickly sinking to the bottom?

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

Okay so, for planting trees we can use UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and send in cluster-like munitions with very small projectiles mini-versions of the planetary penetrators which only embed the seeds a few inches alongside 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. No more worries about left mines that maim or kill following the war or human conflict is long over decades later. While in use they can ping the satellite upon any crossing of robotic warriors, troops, tanks, or vehicles. They could be used to safeguard unauthorized border crossings inside our country or in virtually any allied nation as well.

Indeed, I hope you will sit back and close your eyes and think about this for an instant. Email me if you have anything to add or we are able to brainstorm on other unique applications, as this is merely scratching the surface of tomorrow’s information flows. Think onto it.