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1. US6160994 - Interactive fixed and mobile satellite network

Office United States of America
Application Number 09090521
Application Date 04.06.1998
Publication Number 6160994
Publication Date 12.12.2000
Grant Number 6160994
Grant Date 12.12.2000
Publication Kind A
IPC
B64G 1/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
GCOSMONAUTICS; VEHICLES OR EQUIPMENT THEREFOR
1Cosmonautic vehicles
H04B 7/185
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
BTRANSMISSION
7Radio transmission systems, i.e. using radiation field
14Relay systems
15Active relay systems
185Space-based or airborne stations
H04B 10/20
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
BTRANSMISSION
10Transmission systems employing electromagnetic waves other than radio-waves, e.g. infrared, visible or ultraviolet light, or employing corpuscular radiation, e.g. quantum communication
12Transmission through light guides, e.g. optical fibres
20Arrangements for networking, e.g. bus or star coupling
H04B 7/216
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
BTRANSMISSION
7Radio transmission systems, i.e. using radiation field
14Relay systems
15Active relay systems
204Multiple access
216Code-division or spread-spectrum multiple access
H04M 1/00
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
1Substation equipment, e.g. for use by subscribers
H04M 11/00
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
MTELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION
11Telephonic communication systems specially adapted for combination with other electrical systems
CPC
H04B 7/18558
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
BTRANSMISSION
7Radio transmission systems, i.e. using radiation field
14Relay systems
15Active relay systems
185Space-based or airborne stations; ; Stations for satellite systems
1853Satellite systems for providing telephony service to a mobile station, i.e. mobile satellite service
18558Arrangements for managing communications, i.e. for setting up, maintaining or releasing a call between stations
H04B 7/18515
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
BTRANSMISSION
7Radio transmission systems, i.e. using radiation field
14Relay systems
15Active relay systems
185Space-based or airborne stations; ; Stations for satellite systems
1851Systems using a satellite or space-based relay
18515Transmission equipment in satellites or space-based relays
H04B 7/195
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
BTRANSMISSION
7Radio transmission systems, i.e. using radiation field
14Relay systems
15Active relay systems
185Space-based or airborne stations; ; Stations for satellite systems
195Non-synchronous stations
H04B 7/216
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
BTRANSMISSION
7Radio transmission systems, i.e. using radiation field
14Relay systems
15Active relay systems
204Multiple access
216Code division or spread-spectrum multiple access
Applicants Globalstar L.P.
Inventors Wiedeman Robert A
Agents Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero & Perle, L.L.P.
Priority Data 08772073 19.12.1996 US
Title
(EN) Interactive fixed and mobile satellite network
Abstract
(EN)

A communications system includes at least one low earth orbit first satellite (10), at least one second satellite (11) in other than a low earth orbit, and a ground segment (12) that includes a plurality of user transceivers (78, 80, 82, 84) and at least one gateway (76) coupled to a publicly-accessible terrestrial communications system, such as a PSTN and/or a fiber optic network. The first satellite includes a first transceiver for communication with the at least one gateway, a second transceiver for communication with at least one user transceiver, and a third transceiver for communication with the at least one second satellite. The first, second and third transceivers are switchably coupled together on-board the first satellite by on-board processors, and a switching matrix for relaying a user communication between the at least one gateway and the at least one user transceiver via the at least one second satellite. The plurality of user transceivers can include a plurality of data processors which are interconnected into a network through the at least one first satellite. This network can be considered as a virtual network, and can have a mesh, star, or other topology. The user transceivers can be adapted to transmit and receive direct sequence, code division/multiple access communications. Transmission of signals to and from the user transceivers is accomplished by spreading a digital data stream (e.g., voice, data, image, video) with assigned spreading codes.

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