The Lab.   Posted by Megaira Kattakara.Group: 0
Megaira Kattakara
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Tue 1 Aug 2017
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  Meg nodded, and said "I figured they would be interested.  That'[s one reason I want to make sure that they know that it will be based on a selection process includoing psychological evaluations, professional skills, and physical fitness.  Health will be an important thing, because a healthy person will do better in a ship than one that requires long term, expensive medical care.  Although I could probably take care of anything that needed fixed if we found a candidate that was perfect except for health.  But we don't precisely want to let the world know that anyone with health issues is wide open to potentially going.  That would make me have to go into hiding since it would reveal I have some method of curing almost anything."  She always had made a point of NOT disclosing that her healing abilities went far beyond just patching up injuries to the world at large, and she likely always would.  After all, given how some people were, if that was known, she would be hounded to the ends of the universe by people desperate to have their person healed, even if the person did not want that.
Ozzy Gysbourne
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Wed 2 Aug 2017
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Ozzy chuckled and said, "Right? I was a little worried after what you did with Don and Nora, though thankfully nobody seems to have caught on that they're both mysteriously like 20 years younger than they were before the wedding."

He then looked at Matt and said, "Maybe, though a big star on the decline might see it as the best way to get away from their careers."
Matt Matthews
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Fri 4 Aug 2017
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  Gee Matt, why haven't you cured world hunger? I don't know, why haven't the rest of the immortals hundreds of times my age?  Petty, yes. But not one of the worst mindsets to help adjust to his new existence.

  "Screening should probably work out, unless you go full overkill 'you have a family history of heart disease, no space flight for you' and the like.  Though now Ozzy has me wondering about the wild world of famous rocket scientists that don't get grant money like they used to."
Megaira Kattakara
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Fri 4 Aug 2017
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  Meg shook her head, and said "I'm thinking more along the lines of 'you had two heart attacks already, you're not eligible' than something that small.  Or something like 'you've had six rounds of skin cancer, and you still sunbathe and tan regularly, not eligible'.
 Behavioral tendencies that are self destructive that way would be bad to include for someone who may have skills that are vital, and I would not want those skills lost."
  She waved her hand over another crystal set into a wall, and a panel moved out, the display configuring to reveal most of the current transmissions (there were a crapton) that Earth was currently sending out, aware of it or not.  "This is the commset, by the way."
Ozzy Gysbourne
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Fri 4 Aug 2017
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"So, how does it work? Is it one of those quantum entangled dealies like in Ender's Game?" asked Ozzy.
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Sat 5 Aug 2017
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  "Well, you will certainly avoid people trying to pass their tests thanks to a crippled athlete on their payroll they are impersonating that way." Nerd.

  "Quantum entanglement is overrated and generally used for it's often exclusive nature rather than practicality.  But then old literature also thought a smart talking baby was the most outlandish thing in the world, yet here we are."  Neeeeeeeerd.
Megaira Kattakara
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Sun 6 Aug 2017
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  Meg chuckled, and said "Actually, it's a gravity based system.  Gravity travels faster than light, so you can send gravitic information faster than light to a gravity receiver."  She indicated the comm system reading realtime information on the asteroids and the outer planets and their moons as she spoke.
Ozzy Gysbourne
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Mon 7 Aug 2017
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Ozzy nodded and said, "Fair enough, I guess. Though unless you only send out tiny amounts, it might cause issues with pulling things towards it, since gravity curves the spacetime around it. Also, you should make sure that the system won't fail if you're near something that's got high gravity, like a big planet or a star. I wonder what Iris would think about this."
Megaira Kattakara
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Mon 7 Aug 2017
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  Meg shook her head, and said "They won't pull.  I worked hard on that part.  See,
 the real trick to it is the sensors on the receiving end of the comm unit, it 'sees' the small fluctuations in the gravitational fields.  Make them sensitive enough, and they can see what amounts to micropulses.  The 'sending' part makes a pulse that's only strong enough to be seen, but not felt, and it's a directional thing.  I designed them so that it shifts direction depending on who or what is being addressed.  Now, there IS a 'normal' commset, with the regular radio, microwwave and suck, but those aren't ftl.  It's built into the same panel,
 and can be used without switching terminals.  But the FTL part basically uses grav pulse patterns.  It can also attach a data-packet in the RF spectrum, although those take a bit longer and have to then be drcrypted.  I never said it was perfect, but it IS FTL comm."

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Tue 8 Aug 2017
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  "If it works without horrible ingredients or metaphysical repercussions, that's good enough for me."  There are very low odds the main component is the tears of orphaned black holes.  But you never know these days. Fortunately, Matt would have been able to tell...

  Matt spends a lot of his time trying not to think about his ability to detect such absurdities.

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Ozzy Gysbourne
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Thu 10 Aug 2017
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Ozzy nodded, "Yeah, fair enough. I was just curious is all, and I know Iris is going to ask. So, what else needs testing? Or should we bring this back to base?"

Megaira Kattakara
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Thu 10 Aug 2017
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  Meg considered, then asked "Do you want to take it back to the lab, or land it in my back yard on Earth to test the stealth capabilities?  I DID work on those, because stealth is a good idea sometimes."
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Sat 12 Aug 2017
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"Let's test out the stealth, and head for Earth,"
said Ozzy, wondering how the stealth mode worked.
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Sat 12 Aug 2017
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  "Well at least your own back yard means the least amount of potential complaints if somebody spots it." Though, plenty of people Meg knows could spot it regardless.  But they would also be the ones least likely to complain.

  Matt swings around for a lazy course back to Earth.
Megaira Kattakara
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Sat 12 Aug 2017
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  Meg moved to another crystal orb set into the 'wall', and when it morphed a control panel out of the wall, where she tapped a couple more crystalline looking spots, and the ship seemed to alter shape, streamlining itself and removing shapes that would trip radar, as well as the matte black exterior becoming 'camouflaged' to match the EM fields around it, including all the other spectra.
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Fri 18 Aug 2017
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  Matt considers the philosophical matter of a nearly featureless streamlined ship streamlining itself. The design aesthetic equivalent of 'it goes to eleven', perhaps.  "So what would you say are the main limitations of your design that keep you from going off the radar full time?  Though knowing you, maybe the answer is nothing but courtesy to flight control."

  Please direct yourself to runway eleven, watch out for the other three ships also not showing up on radar and pray nobody is already parked there.
Megaira Kattakara
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Sun 20 Aug 2017
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  Meg chuckled, and said "Pretty much, yes, it's being polite to flight control and the poor fellows manning the radar installations."  She'd blushed a little at Matt's very accurate assessment of her own innately polite mannerisms, since he'd gotten her exactly correct.
Matt Matthews
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Fri 25 Aug 2017
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  How many girls did you make blush with compliments before getting pushed into traffic by a little old lady Matt?  Zero that's how  many.

  These insights happen when you make an effort to be less of a cliched jaded jackass in your second strange shot at life.

  "Speaking of precautions as we approach your choice landing spot, while I know the hull could handle the slight drop, are there old fashioned landing gear?  On site repairs at the very least would benefit from such a thing."
Megaira Kattakara
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Fri 25 Aug 2017
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  Meg nodded, and said "There are, although you have to manually deploy them, normally it sits on a cushion of antigravity that keeps it a relative ten feet off the ground.  That height can also be adjusted for preference of the pilots."  As she spoke, she highlighted her back yard on the display for Matt to aim them at for their first Terrestrial landing.
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Tue 29 Aug 2017
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  Always good to put the navigational aids through their paces.  The point is to test the ship, not go 'I could park this with my eyes closed, even if I had eyes' after all.

  "Good to know, just having them in the first place reduces the odds of needing them." He comments, as the ship heads for Meg's preferred landing spot.
Megaira Kattakara
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Wed 30 Aug 2017
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  Meg chuckled, and said "The fun part will be seeing how many people come to the gates today swearing there's a UFO in my back yard now."  She clearly DID have a bit of wickedness in her sense of humor every so often, but they were testing out the stealth systems.  The ship moved gracefully, and Matt found it responded beautifully to his control, heading precisely where he indicated, even as they hit the upper edges of the atmosphere, the clean lines of the hull slicing through the air without seeming to meet any resistance at all.
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Fri 1 Sep 2017
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  Always a plus not having to enter atmosphere as a fireball.  Matt wishes he had thought of that sooner than the third time he had done it himself.

  Soon enough, Meg's ship is parked without incident.  "Well, I guess it's up to you what they get told should they ask."
Megaira Kattakara
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Fri 1 Sep 2017
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  Meg giggled, and said "Well, to ME, it isn't a UFO.  So I could tell them that it's not a UFO.  But I probably really should call Uncle Ethan too."  She grinned at them both, and said "It works pretty nice for hopping around the planet too, if you don't mind people swearing it's a UFO and they think aliens are coming."
Matt Matthews
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Tue 5 Sep 2017
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  "One would think you have to identify it, to longer have it be considered a UFO.  But that's what technicalities are for.  Either way, having actual seating is much more responsible a mode of transport than theoretical distance ziplines"

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Megaira Kattakara
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Fri 11 Oct 2019
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  Megaira and Bella were at the Lab, with the enormous gantry outside that was the drydock for the Pandora in full swing as she worked on things inside, puttering in the kitchen.  Bella loved the cupcakes and cookies Auntie Megs produced in prodigious quantities for her, and it gave Meg something to do while she constructed the Pandora.  Honestly, the exterior hull was about done, aside from little things like the defensive mounts and such, she still had a considerable amount of work to do on the interior.  She'd put herself through some extremely rigorous education early on in the time between then and now, and she was probably frighteningly far ahead of the terrestrial space programs of any major country on earth now.  She wasn't building interplanetary ships, she was building an interstellar ark.  One for humankind, to keep them alive in case someone, like those aliens who had come knocking, decided to wipe out mankind.  Ozzy, Matt, and Uncle Ethan were pretty much the only ones who knew that so far, but she'd also talked a little to Oswald senior, and she knew she needed to begin the selection process for those who would go on the Pandora.  Like Pandora's box, this ship would hold hope for a future for humanity even if something happened to Earth.