Currently NASA is working on a great idea. Exploring Mars by drones.
More from the article below.
Autonomous quadcopters — the four-propeller flying craft commonly called drones— are fast, flexible, use little power and can get into (and out of) tight spaces. But they work only with an atmosphere to propel through. Now, the Swamp Works team at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is developing a dronelike robot that works in dark, low- or no-atmosphere environments, and can recharge itself by returning to its lander mothership.
“This is a prospecting robot,” Rob Mueller, senior technologist for advanced projects at Swamp Works, said in a statement. “The first step in being able to use resources on Mars or an asteroid is to find out where the resources are. They are most likely in hard-to-access areas where there is permanent shadow. Some of the crater walls are angled 30 degrees or more, and that’s far too steep for a traditional rover to navigate or climb.” [Watch: NASA’s Tiny Helicopter Drone for Mars]
Let us expand on this idea. I would like to propose to you, reader a simplistic idea for exploring our solar system. This idea would involve the majority of humanity instead of a select few. An idea using existing technology with just a few minor tweaks. Four major technology advancement combined with the ambition and drive of humanity into one great endeavor.
I would hope if someone ripped this idea off. In fact if they would just reference this blog I would be happy. But you can only go so far without the right leadership, funding and talent.
So here goes.
Morning comes, shining bright into your bedroom. You roll over, kiss your soul mate and head for the living room. Another day at the office.
You sit down at a desk next to the living room couch. A large display kicks on. “Welcome, Captain.” The monitor chimes at you. Your computer connects to Sol-Net, a network of satellites, terminals and relays talking to each other. This network stretches across the whole solar system. Every moon, planet and major asteroid is now connected.
“What happened in the last 24 hours?”
“Your 241st drone found a major platinum deposit on Titan with a probe. Shall I set up an expedition?”
“Yes, move replicator T-67 to orbit. Then create 6 mining drones for deployment.”
“Will this be all?” Your artificial intelligence, named Hal, asks.
“No. I want a VR tour of the site to make sure the replicator will create enough drones to mine the deposit on time. No need for another company to enter this site and take it.”
A moment passes. You check up on Facebook statuses of the family. Everything seems normal. A cat blog comes across your line of site. You entertain yourself for several moments.
Hal speaks to you, “Your VR session is ready.”
You grab your headset, and enter into a VR world. The icy surface of titan looms around you. The sun, just a small speck in the sky. A small island jutting out of the ice is where you find yourself. You see the readings on the right of your headset. You carefully walk across the small island, looking at angles and distances. With the data and VR walk, you gather data and come to a decision.
“Send T-45 and I want 10 total mining drones ready in 30 days.”
The computer shuts off. You check all the systems and do comparisons and analysis throughout the day. By 3 in the afternoon you finish up work and pick up the kids.
Sounds fantastical right? It could happen within the next ten years. If we could find governments and financial backers willing to listen.
We must combine drone technology with virtual reality. Then add 3D printing techniques and modern satellite communications into a movement for the stars.
I say this as a person who understands human motivation and the problems our world faces. We have over 7 billion people on this planet. Right now we do not have the technology to get off of this rock safely. But we can extend our technology beyond this planet. We can reach for the stars right now. In a different, safer way.
Humans have a need to explore. This ideas cuts right to the heart of what makes us human. Seeing the other side of the mountain has always been a need for our race. What better way to do this than piloting drones throughout the cosmos?
This idea is doable. I want to elaborate more but I would rather save the idea for someone willing to collaborate. So here is the bare bones presentation. More to come on this idea and others soon. I always have something up my sleeve.