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Embodiments of methods and apparatus for providing distributed airborne wireless communications are provided herein. In some embodiments, an airborne wireless communication node includes: an airborne fleet comprising a plurality of airborne platforms having flight control electronics configured to control flight of individual airborne platforms and coordinate a flight plan of the airborne fleet as a whole; and a distributed communication payload, wherein the communication payload is subdivided into constituent parts, wherein the parts are distributed and positioned on respective ones of the plurality of airborne platforms. In some embodiments, the distributed communication payload includes: air-to-user link equipment to provide communication links with end-users, the air-to-user link equipment further comprising an RF antenna; air-to-air link equipment to provide communications between individual airborne platforms; and payload control electronics to control the air-to-user and air-to-air link equipment and managing communication services.

Title
Distributed airborne wireless networks
Application Number
14/462369
Publication Number
9083425 (B1)
Application Date
August 18, 2014
Publication Date
July 14, 2015
Inventor
John Peter Moussouris
Palo Alto
CA, US
Allan J Bruce
Scotch Plains
NJ, US
Michael Cyrus
Castle Rock
CO, US
Sergey V Frolov
New Providence
NJ, US
Agent
Alan Taboada
Moser Taboada
Assignee
SUNLIGHT PHOTONICS
NJ, US
IPC
H04W 84/06
H04B 7/185
H04W 4/00
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