Cross Pollination is the key to finding the very 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 regions of the human endeavor. Let me take this possibility to present such a case study.

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

Now then, please read this paper; “Planetary Penetrators – The Vanguard for the Future 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 are able to utilize this concept to answer some very interesting questions such as; is there permafrost under the Martian Surface. Have 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 the size of a smart phone, hundreds of them in each missile, all set to disseminate 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 at this time about monitoring the seafloor because it is a fragile environment and humans want to more mining, oil exploration, and extraction of REEs (Rare Earth Elements). In fact; 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 are able to 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 are able to 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 are able to ping the satellite upon any crossing of robotic warriors, troops, tanks, or vehicles. They are often used to protect unauthorized border crossings in our country or in virtually any allied nation as well.

ambient sensor Indeed, I hope you will relax and close your eyes and consider this for a moment. Email me for those who have anything to add or we can brainstorm on other unique applications, as that is merely scratching the top of tomorrow’s information flows. Think onto it.