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Old 08-21-2019, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
So, why an X-ray communications sat? I mean, theoretically, you could get insane bandwidth from X-rays, but you can already get all you need from microwave (or infrared or visible, if you must). And X-rays are really tough to work with, including not making it through the atmosphere, so this could only be good for space-to-space, anyway.
It's experimental:

X-rays have much shorter wavelengths than both infrared and radio. This means that, in principle, XCOM can send more data for the same amount of transmission power. The X-rays can broadcast in tighter beams, thus using less energy when communicating over vast distances.