62-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

March 2nd, 2552 Researching the Research
Tow Truck Driver/Lab Rat/mechanic’s apprentice – Katherine ‘ConV’ James Reporting

Today was spent shuttling people between ships as we prepare to separate into our mission groups. I guess they’re getting all their physical time in while they can. Transmissions are all well and good, but since we haven’t figured out how to communicate real-time with at great distances, conference calls are going to be pretty much non-existent.

We do have some experiments they’ll be running. Fipps was telling me about one of them. As near as I understand one involves two particles – something about quantum entanglement and using binary to communicate. But he lost me at state switching and state translation and he simply gave up.

There were discussions about other methods, both of travel and communications, but so much of it is theoretical and I only heard bits and pieces as I shuttled people to and from meetings.

One of the cool things about being a pilot is the fact that your passengers tend to think of the pilot as a part of the ship and not a person with functioning ears.

It has its advantages, or at least it would if I were better versed in theoretical astrophysics.

As it was I had to ask Cookie that if we don’t have actual ‘Faster Than Light’ travel, why do we call the engines that don’t quite do the speed of light FTL.

He smiled and shook his head. “Wishful thinking, kid. Wishful thinking.”

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