Cross Pollination may be the key to finding the very 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 case study.

You see, we are about 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 also 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 Earth and on other worlds to feed us all 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 merely is this ideal for Moons, Planets, Comets and Asteroids but we are able to use this concept to answer some very interesting questions such as for example; is there permafrost under the Martian Surface. Have a look that the diagrams and sketches for the reason 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 how big is a smart phone, hundreds of them in each missile, all set to disseminate in a grid pattern and embed themselves into the surface, or into the ocean quickly sinking to underneath?

Interestingly enough, there’s talk at this time about monitoring the seafloor since it is a fragile environment and humans desire to more mining, oil exploration, and extraction of REEs (Rare Earth Elements). Actually; 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 submit cluster-like munitions with very small projectiles mini-versions of the planetary penetrators which only embed the seeds a few inches along with 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. ambient sensor No more worries about left over mines that maim or kill following the war or human conflict is long over decades later. During use they can ping the satellite upon any crossing of robotic warriors, troops, tanks, or vehicles. They are often used to safeguard 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 for those who have anything to add or we can brainstorm on other unique applications, as this is merely scratching the surface of tomorrow’s information flows. Think onto it.