Do you remember when the SG1 team would find a new planet through the stargate and they would send that big honkin’, tank looking thing that had cameras and whatnot through first to get an idea of what was on the other side? I remember. And given that these guys had access to the top technology in the damn universe to do their jobs, it’s a wonder they would use something so unwieldy. I mean, that robot tank thing on wheels must have weighed like a thousand pounds and it was slow as all hell.
Quadcopter drones anyone?
Today, it seems that everybody and their mother owns a personal drone, like the all new DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus quadcopter. They’ve got cameras and gimbals and all these crazy features that would have been perfect, in my eyes, for what the SG1 team needed. I mean, all they wanted to do is see what was on the other side, right?
Well, then, why not use something a bit more practical? I mean the whole idea behind SG1 was to have a small team. And the reason for having a small team is for easy mobility and nimbleness in all situations so that if they get into trouble, they can get out of dodge as soon as possible. But with the big robot tank thingy, it kind of makes it hard on them, right?
Would probably have been expensive, but who cares?
Nowadays, quadcopter drones can be bought for a pretty darn reasonable price. You can easily get one off of Amazon for under a thousand dollars and that’s for a pretty high end device. Now, of course, back then, there wasn’t really this kind of technology readily available everywhere and who even knows if these things were around back then. They were probably in their infancy stages and probably cost a whole lot for something that is pretty bad for today’s standards.
But who cares? This is SG1 we’re talking about. Think they got a lot of government funding? Yeah. And how much did that dinosaur thing cost you think? I bet the tank thing wasn’t cheap in any way shape or form. In fact, I bet it was pretty darn expensive and if I recall correctly, it got destroyed on more than one occasion.
But it probably did other things too…
But despite all my ranting, I bet that their tank thing did a whole lot more than just give them a video feed of what was on the other side. I’m sure it took a slew of interesting and important measurements that the SG1 team needed to know before stepping through the gate. I bet it took measurements like atmosphere composition, temperature, air pressure and whatnot to make sure that they were stepping into a viable environment for human beings. And I guess that putting all those measuring devices onto a tiny flying drone would have been pretty damn hard, all things considered. But at the end of the day, they still pulled through and completed all their missions. Because hey, this is SG1 after all.