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1. WO2014160997 - WIDE AREA NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE USING AIRCRAFT

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CLAIMS

A method of transmitting a message in a wide-area mesh network from a source to a destination, the method comprising:

a. determining a plurality of data paths between the source and the destination using node location data stored in a data repository, wherein each of the data paths comprises nodes;

b. receiving a message to be transmitted from the source to the destination;

c. updating in real time the location of the nodes on the plurality of data paths;

d. selecting a data path according to prescribed criteria; and e. transmitting the message on the selected data path.

The method of claim 1 wherein one or more of the nodes is not stationary.

The method of claim 1 wherein one or more of the nodes is airborne. The method of claim 1 wherein one or more of the nodes is an airplane. The method of claim 1 wherein the data repository comprises airplane flight schedules and airplane flight routes.

A method of transmitting a message in a wide-area mesh network from a source to a destination, the method comprising:

a. determining a plurality of data paths between the source and the destination using node location data stored in a data repository wherein:

i. each of the data paths comprises a plurality of nodes; and ii. a plurality of the nodes are not stationary;

b. at a first time, receiving a first message to be transmitted from the source to the destination;

c. updating in real time the location of the nodes on the plurality of data paths;

d. selecting a first data path comprising a first set of nodes; e. transmitting the first message from the source to the destination on the selected first data path;

f . at a second time, receiving a second message to be transmitted from the source to the destination;

g. updating in real time the location of the nodes on the plurality of data paths;

h. selecting a second data path comprising a second set of nodes; i. transmitting the second message from the source to the destination on the selected second data path.

7. The method of claim 6 wherein one or more of the nodes is airborne.

8. The method of claim 6 wherein one or more of the nodes is an airplane.

9. The method of claim 6 wherein the data repository comprises airplane flight schedules and airplane flight routes.

10. A method of transmitting a message in a wide-area mesh network

comprising one or more packets to a destination, the method

comprising:

a. transmitting a packet from a first airborne node of the network to a second airborne node of the network;

b. after the transmission to the second node, updating the location of the second node and a third airborne node of the network; and c. transmitting the packet from the second node to the third node.

11. The method of claim 10 wherein one or more of the nodes is not

stationary.

12. The method of claim 10 wherein one or more of the nodes is airborne.

13. The method of claim 10 wherein one or more of the nodes is an

airplane.

14. A method of transmitting a message comprising one or more packets to a destination, the method comprising:

a. forming a mesh network of nodes comprising a plurality of

airborne nodes and a plurality of land-based nodes, at least one of the land-based nodes being in communication with at least one data repository, wherein the data repository comprises:

i. the location of each airborne node; and

ii. each packet's location;

b. in real time:

i. updating the location of each airborne node in the first data repository with the airborne node's current location;

ii. calculating a plurality of possible hops between a first node and a second node using data in the data repository, wherein the first node of at least one possible hop is an airborne node;

iii. selecting a next hop from the plurality of possible hops according to prescribed criteria;

iv. transmitting a packet from the first node to the second node of the next hop;

v. updating the first data repository with the packet's location at the second node; and

c. repeating steps b (i)-(v) until the message reaches its destination.

15. The method of claim 14 wherein the plurality of airborne nodes comprise commercial passenger airplanes and freight airplanes.

16. The method of claim 15 wherein the packet is transmitted from a

microwave transmitter in each airborne node.