Colby Harper & Gary Stephenson unveil a business plan for near-term gravitational communications at the STAIF 2007 conference. The concept, which involves a benchmarked approach to developing first an ubiquitous time-standard and later full-fledged high-bandwidth communications, involves the use of High-Frequency Gravitational Waves (HFGW), which are believed to have infinite penetration and equivalent signal carrying capacity to today’s existing wireless technology. Harper is a long-term communications executive with legislative experience drafting the 1996 Telecommunications Act, and Stephenson brings decades of experience from the aerospace industry with a focus on advanced physics. Both are associated with Dr. Robert Baker, a recognized leader in the field with 40 years of experience in HFGW research.
“A conceptual design for an HFGW Frequency Time Standard system was presented that is predicted to result in a number of potentially valuable enhancements to existing telecommunication systems. Enhancements could include improved TDMA due to better time knowledge, improved phase shift encoding efficiency due to lower phase noise, and improved FDMA and FHSS efficiencies due to better frequency knowledge.
We built a simple value estimation model for a HFGW FTS service utilizing a discounted cash flow technique which simply adds up our estimated cash inflows and outflows over the first ten years of the service and accounts for the time value of money at 10%. Based on reduced inputs, conservative market penetration, and model assumptions for end-to-end product and service realization and operations, as well as simplifying demand/supply and technology refresh interactions over the service life, we have arrived at a rough estimate of the HFGW FTS value floor. We found that our already conservative model still manages to yield a positive Net Present Value. This is favorable from a risk perspective, suggesting that even in the worst case this service should still make money in real dollar terms.” – Colby Harper & Gary Stephenson