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Signal Accelerating Buoys

Current Technology:

Radio signals travel at the speed of light.

Future Signal Accelerating Technology:

 Once a means of accelerating particles faster than the speed of light was discovered (See Faster Than Light), it was then possible to invent a means for transmitting information faster than the speed of light. The most common use is in the large expanses of open space between planets in solar systems.

Commonly a buoy or larger relay station is deployed containing a magnetic accelerator. At the source, a signal generator will encode subatomic particles with data. The usual limit is about 1000 kilobytes of information on a single particle, but billions of particles can be sent in a single data burst. The encoded particles are then accelerated past the speed of light by a series of magnetic pulses generated just ahead and behind each particle. The process is not unlike the way super colliders used magnets on Earth in the twenty-first century to accelerate a single particle to near light speed and eventually beyond that threshold. The difference though is that in space, the magnetic beams are generated from a single point and the particles ride the succession of magnetic pulses like a piece of driftwood can be moved along in the ocean by waves which are the transfer of energy in water. In the case of the buoys, each pulse is timed to push the particles a little faster in succession until the particles are sped up to just over two times the speed of light.

These pulses are aimed at either the receiving station if it is within a parsec or so of the source signal, or when the distances become too great, like sending a message from Uranus to Earth, a set of relay stations in orbit just beyond Mars will receive the Uranus source signal in magnetic pulses that capture the incoming particles which have been slowed by the gentle gravitational pull of objects in the solar system. The relay again uses magnetic pulses to speed the particles back past the speed of light and on their way to the target receiving station.

 The target receiver uses magnetic pulses to capture and slow the particles down to a speed that they can be read as they pass by the decoding sensors and converted into a radio signal.

 The first exploration spacecraft to use this capability was the Seeker series of spacecraft sent out from Earth to the nearest stars. Those deep space probes carried a clutch of basketball sized buoys that were deployed at equal distances from each other. The buoys deployed by the Seeker spacecraft had a powerful electromagnetic generator that could project a magnetic linear beam two hundred kilometers in length beyond the buoy in two directions. The use of repeater buoys were only used a short while until manned spacecraft with the ability to travel at several times the speed of light became the relays for interstellar communications.

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