Caldran Ansible

From Growing Horizons

The Caldran Ansible, developed at the Caldran University of 61 Virginis, is a completely newly developed system that allowed a continuous FTL communication link between two stations. While this link is limited to a range of 20 lightyears and a bidirectional data transfer rate of 100 GBit per second, it presents an advancement over the telegraph style of the Hyper Pulse Generator and the slow unidirectional system of the Hyperwave Transceiver.

The Caldran research team had also designed a complete communication system, with already existing networking standards and protocols, making it an extension of already existing planetary and interplanetary computer networks, rather than a completely new system. As such, the system was designed around Network Nodes of two types. Primary, Secondary, Ternary, Mobile and Planetary Nodes.

Ansible Nodes

Primary Node

A Primary Node covers an entire inhabited system, supplying bidirectional Ansible links to any planet and larger habitat and settlement to a specific cutoff size. It allows up to ten outgoing interstellar connections. To provide backups, multiple of these Primary Nodes can supply a single habitated system.

Secondary Node

The Secondary Nodes are mostly placed in pairs in uninhabited systems, bridging longer gaps between inhabited systems. These secondary nodes can connect to twenty primary or secondary nodes for multiple redundancy.

Ternary Node

Ternary Nodes however are utilized over long distance, with only the barest redundancy for continuous operation, for example for military operations, and are only capable of up to ten simultaneous connections.

Surveillance Node

Surveillance Nodes are a subcategory of the Ternary Nodes, with integrated Surveillance equipment, such as Superlimunal Wave Detectors, HYDAR and conventional optical and radio surveillance gear.

Mobile Node

Mobile Nodes are used by larger space craft, military or civilian, and only enable a single connection to any other Node.

Planetary Node

Planetary Nodes can placed on a planet, dwarf planet or large habiotat and supply either direct connections to other Planetary Nodes or to a Primary or Secondary Node.

Ansible Network

To operate the Ansible Network, the WCDCTO has given several incentives that lead to the formation of the Three Systems Ansible Corporation, which designed the major systems for the Caldran Ansible. However, they released the specs of the Ansible System, along with the newly developed Ansible Packet Protocol, APP, into the public domain, allowing other companies, as well as the military, to create their own Ansibles and connect to the Ansible Network, though the latter only with a small anual fee for transporting the data.