Airborne Markers

Posted February 6th, 2011 by wonko

So I have started work on a new world, full of mining science, called MinexV (or Oresome World … no, don’t ask). In it cybernauts will perform a mineralogical survey and then construct a scale model of the ore body they encounter.

Balloon Model

Balloon Model

First phase of the survey is a MACRO survey from the air, in a grid they will take gross conductance readings so as to better identify what sectors are worth exploring further.

The aerial survey points need to be indicated somehow, so I thought of meteorological balloons, and made one. Well, yes, in truth it looks more like a party balloon, but the intention was there.

As cybernauts will need to be organised I began to think through ideas for controlling their search pattern, and came up with the idea of a paper plane (inspired by my 356 Origami Project) suspended from the balloon pointing in the direction they should travel.

Paper Plane Model

Paper Plane Model

The idea, in-world is whimsical and should be useful, as I can use different colours to mark out grid locations.

In-World Air-borne Marker

In-World Air-borne Marker

I am still working out drill shaft appearances, and the mechanics of core sampling, but I think that can be done tidily so that multiple people can use the same resources at the same time without interfering with each other.

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