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.

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