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A deployed group of airborne vehicles (AV) provide relay communication service among mobile and airborne customers by using a directed phased array antenna (PAA). The PAAs provide broadband communication with mobile customers. Each AV has a wireless link to one or more neighboring AVs forming an airborne inter-networked mesh constellation for routing traffic between mobile customers. The AV constellation includes gateway members that maintain high capacity point-to-point satellite or terrestrial base station links for communication connectivity outside the aggregate coverage area of the AV constellation. A constellation is managed by an operations control center whose duties include positioning and scheduling replacement of the constellation AVs and routine network management functions, to implement the rapidly deployable, broadband, mobile, wireless communication network.

Title
Airborne broadband communication network
Application Number
8/845548
Publication Number
6018659
Application Date
April 24, 1997
Publication Date
January 25, 2000
Inventor
Sankar Ray
Redmond
WA, US
Jeff P Harrang
Redmond
WA, US
Arun Ayyagari
Seattle
WA, US
Agent
Christensen O Connor Johnson & Kindness
Agent
Lawrence W Nelson
Assignee
The Boeing Company
WA, US
IPC
H04Q 7/36
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