I read a story today about a plan to create planet lander craft in the form of kites.
Today’s invention takes this a step further.
Imagine dropping large numbers of flat-sheet kites over any planet with an atmosphere.
These would glide down -each landing very gently.
The kites would each have a small electric vehicle attached to one corner, allowing them to move across the ground and self-assemble at one location.
Each kite would act as a single layer in a 3D printed electromechanical machine -potentially of great size and complexity.
This would then drive off and perform some mission, without ever having been shaken up on impact with the ground.