Our solar system is big. Annoyingly so.
It’s so big that when it comes to communicating at these distances, even light speed doesn’t cut it. Transmitting data from the Earth to, say, a probe in orbit around Neptune takes about four hours. For a species that hopes to one day colonize our little space neighborhood and bring our information society in tow, this raises a range of communication hurdles. Aside from light’s newfound lugubriousness, the physical infrastructure of any interplanetary communication system would always be in flux as data relay stations duck and bob between the sun, planets, moons, and miscellaneous other celestial crumbs.
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