Originally posted by robject:

**What would it take to establish a Misjump Network that's at least as timely as a Jump-4 network, and at its best running at Jump-36? 100 Scouts at every node, each misjumping?**

Robject,

How many x-boats? Hmmm...

Seeing as the deliberately misjumped 'boats will head in every direction, you'd need to cover every

**possible** destination to ensure delivery to any

**planned** destination.

Jump drive has a 3000km parsec accuracy, so you can view a jump drive has making discrete 3000km 'steps' if you squint a little. Covering all those steps within even a single parsec will be too much however.

Pluto is roughly 39 AU 'out' from Sol. Round that to 50 AU and that's the radius of each of our discrete 'steps'. Each misjumped x-boat will (hopefully) arrive at the center of a circle with a 50 AU radius spacing the 'boats 100 AU apart. (Of course, the boats would actually only 6,000 km from each other.)

A parsec is 206,264.8062 AUs long, round it to 206,265. Thirty six parsecs is the radius of our Misjump Network, that's 7,425,540 AUs.

So, using OTU 2D space (mercifully), how many 50 AU radius circles fit within a AU radius circle?

The answer is:

**22,055,457,716.64**
That's slightly over 22 billion x-boats needed to send (somewhat reliably) one message between Lablon/Aramis/Marches to Ffudn/Glisten/Marches each week.

My vote is for jump torpedos.

Have fun,

Bill