06285878 is referenced by 98 patents and cites 13 patents.

A new use for the (already existing) fleets of commercial airline aircraft to replace low-earth orbit (LEO) communication satellites. This invention will provide low-cost, broadband wireless communication infrastructure among points-to-points accomplished by using and modifying existing, small, lightweight low power, low cost microwave relay station equipment onboard the commercial airline aircraft. Each equipped aircraft would have a broadband wireless communication link (within line-of-sight coverage ranges) to one or more neighboring aircraft or ground stations and form a chain of seamless airborne repeaters providing broadband wireless communication gateways along the entire flight path. Broadband wireless communication services also provide for customers onboard in-flight as well as customers overboard, along the line-of-sight ranges of flight path from the commercial airline aircraft.

Title
Broadband wireless communication systems provided by commercial airlines
Application Number
9/97168
Publication Number
6285878 (B1)
Application Date
June 12, 1998
Publication Date
September 4, 2001
Inventor
Joseph Lai
1251 W. Sepulveda Blvd., #347, Torrance
CA, US
IPC
H04Q 7/20
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