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Old February 8th, 2007, 10:11 PM
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Here's a nifty Traveller-type thingy I've been pondering. Pop this in your grey matter 'puter and tell me what you think...

Communication range: Even with a high powered signal, comm range is limited to the speed of light. Signal degrads over distance.

In order to promote better communcations in a system with a lot of traffic, maybe there are communication protocols in place--

What would happen would be: if your ship picks up an incoming signal, then you are obliged to repeat that signal, sending it on towards its destination.

This way, every ship in a civilized star system will act as a comm "repeater" for every other ship, thereby extending range. Communications will have much longer range because signal degredation won't be as much a factor.

Of course, this will only work with broadcast comms. Tight beam probably won't intercept with another ship.

Military vessels are probably exempt from this protocol. Scout vessels probably carry elaborate repeater units on their ships to help out.

Only civilized systems would be subject to this protocol. Can't have pirates using this to target prey.

On the other hand, if a Nav operator discovers a ship that [i]should[/b] be relaying messages and isn't, then that ship is suspect, provided it's not a military vessel.

Thoughts?
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