Helionet

What is the Helionet? In 2070, the Helionet is the space complement to the Internet. The Internet is still Earth’s computer network. Helionet is what you use when you go into space within the Solar System. Its components reside at most Lagrange Points and at other strategic locations, e.g., at the Shackleton colony on the Moon. The hardware that resides at each Lagrange Point is called a Helionode. A Helionode consists of laser transmitters and receivers integrated with a mainframe computer called Argus. All transmissions, transmit and receive, are by laser. All Helionodes are connected through the laser transmit-receive framework. For security, each Lagrange point Helionode has an electrostatic shield that can electrocute anyone or thing that approaches closer than one-hundred yards without authorization. No human ever approaches these stations, except when they are being repaired or receiving a hardware upgrade. They are self-sufficient and robot-maintained.