posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 05:39 AM
reply to post by ANNED
The problem is bandwidth.
What happens when you put 20 wireless connections onto a cheap $30 router?
Welcome to the land of packet loss.
Let's say you go the extra mile and buy a more powerful router - you'll do fine, right?
You'll do great until every one of those computers tries to stream real-time video, audio, etc to each other. You'll overwhelm the wireless
standard. There's not enough bandwidth in an IEEE 802.2N connection to handle that.
But we're talking milspec - certainly they can do something about it.
No, they can't. They can use a range of different frequencies and open up a lot of bandwidth (they'll need to to reduce vulnerabilities to jamming)
- but there's some rather interesting properties of our universe that set limits on how much information can be sent on a given frequency and its
Keep in mind that the lethality of the "pack" concept comes from having multiple eyes in the skies capable of sharing data between each other and
using each other's weapons. That means a lot of real-time data has to be streaming to and from those aircraft. That also has to be done alongside a
low-latency command link.
In the end, the only solution is to use processing nodes to collect the data from a given pack, process all of it into a single data stream, then
update to a regional node (while simultaneously dispensing updates from the regional node).
It's hardly ideal, as all of your drones are going to light up on electronic sensors - your more powerful nodes could probably be hit by HOJ modes at
the kind of power they would need to transmit at. And the solution is, obviously, going to have to be airborne to follow the pack around. A regional
node would be a satellite or high-altitude blimp - but you would not want a direct satellite uplink from the drones, themselves - you'd want an
intermediary that could issue commands and lessen network load on the satellite (and you'd also want a system that could be used, if in a more
limited capacity, during solar storms and in the event China toasts the satellite).