It seems we can’t go a single column without mentioning some sort of apocalypse. We had a bacon-apocalypse, the Mayan apocalypse, and now we have a potential apocalypse due to a large chunk of meteor flying across the sky in Russia recently, caught on numerous dashboard cameras, injuring over a thousand people due to the shockwaves. Now everyone knows that Russians put cameras on their dashboards to catch footage of cows being dumped from a truck that tips over (go to 3:01 mark), but who would have thought that technology would be used to capture what could have been the destruction of a part of Russia had the meteor impacted the Earth at a more direct angle. Since the world is largely ill-prepared to deal with a much bigger object headed toward the Earth, we need to turn to our heroes to save the day.
Here are some patents that might help us in the fight against meteors:
1) Navigation system for exploring and/or monitoring unknown and/or difficult environments – EP 2,549,286 A1
This outer space exploring system employs a robot (sort of link a combination between Wall-E and the good robot from The Black Hole) can help identify asteroids before they are able to smash violently into out planet.
2) Systems, methods and apparatus for modeling, specifying and deploying policies in autonomous and autonomic systems using agent-oriented software engineering – US 7,992,134 A
Another variation on the asteroid searching system. The control system looks like the old Asteroids video game.
3) IN ORBIT SPACE TRANSPORTATION & RECOVERY SYSTEM – US 2004/0031885 A1
This spacecraft can shoot laser beams at asteroids, diverting them into another orbit. Not quite as cool as sharks with laser beams on their head, but effective nonetheless.
4) Method of improving system performance and survivability through changing function – US 8,275, 724 B2
In this system, swarm-based explorations can sacrifice themselves by crashing into an asteroid bound for Earth. Kind of like Bruce Willis in Armageddon.
Next time: Danny follows up his binge watching of Armageddon, Deep Impact, Volcano, Dante’s Peak, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and Independence, with a Doomsday Preppers marathon, and explains what he learns. The results will shock you and rock you to the core…kind of like an asteroid hitting the Earth.
Find previous writings and musings from the off-kilter Danny Rooney here.
This post was contributed by Registered Patent Agent Dan Wolka and edited by Chris Jagalla. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company, Landon IP, a major provider of patent search, technical translation, and information services.