Communication with World Ships - Building the Diasporanet

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P. Galea (2012), JBIS, 65, 180-184

Refcode: 2012.65.180
Keywords: World ship, communications, interstellar, gravitational lens

Abstract:
In this paper we investigate the feasibility of maintaining communications links between Earth and a number of world ships on missions with durations on the order of centuries. We consider robust technologies for implementing links, and examine the performance of each in terms of data throughput, physical structure sizes and energy consumption. Finally, we look into the possibility of exploiting the Sun as a gravitational lens for building a truly high-speed interstellar internet--or `disaporanet'-- to connect the world ship community.

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