Patents Assigned to RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC
  • Patent number: 10903885
    Abstract: An apparatus includes feeds to form analog beams. The feeds are divided into panels. The apparatus includes processing circuitry that divides a target area for communications coverage into regions, including a first region and a second region neighboring each other. The processing circuitry generates, for the first region, a first plurality of analog beams, forming a first cluster. The processing circuitry generates, in the first cluster from the first plurality of analog beams, a first plurality of hybrid beams arranged in a first arrangement in the first cluster. The processing circuitry generates, for the second region, a second plurality of analog beams, forming a second cluster. The processing circuitry generates, in the second cluster from the second plurality of analog beams, a second plurality of hybrid beams arranged in a second arrangement that is adjacent to the first plurality of hybrid beams in the first arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Michael Mandell, Phil Rubin, Ted Kaplan, David Milliner, David Marshack, Erik Halvorson
  • Patent number: 10750503
    Abstract: Information associated with a communication service need of the user is received from a user of a client computer system. A set of communication service requirements that indicate satellite resources required to satisfy the communication service need of the user are computed based on the received information, and transmitted to a server computer system. A first beam plan that satisfies the set of communication service requirements is received from the server computer system. The first beam plan includes information on satellite beams and spectra for allocation to the user when the first beam plan is deployed to provide a communication service to the user that satisfies the communication service need of the user. Instructions are transmitted to the server computer system to deploy the first beam plan. Information is received from the server computer system indicating that the first beam plan is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Ted Kaplan, Arnold Berman, Michael Mandell, Brian Sipos, Scott Conrad Markley, Erik Halvorson, David Marshack
  • Patent number: 10554276
    Abstract: An apparatus includes feeds to form analog beams. The feeds are divided into panels. The apparatus includes processing circuitry that divides a target area for communications coverage into regions, including a first region and a second region neighboring each other. The processing circuitry generates, for the first region, a first plurality of analog beams, forming a first cluster. The processing circuitry generates, in the first cluster from the first plurality of analog beams, a first plurality of hybrid beams arranged in a first arrangement in the first cluster. The processing circuitry generates, for the second region, a second plurality of analog beams, forming a second cluster. The processing circuitry generates, in the second cluster from the second plurality of analog beams, a second plurality of hybrid beams arranged in a second arrangement that is adjacent to the first plurality of hybrid beams in the first arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Michael Mandell, Phil Rubin, Ted Kaplan, David Milliner, David Marshack, Erik Halvorson
  • Patent number: 10555236
    Abstract: A beam former processor receives a group of signals for transmission through the plurality of amplifiers, wherein the group of signals is less than a total number of feeds in an antenna array. The beam former processor determines terrestrial regions for transmitting the group of signals. The beam former processor identifies a subset of feeds that are configured to form beams covering the terrestrial regions. The beam former processor controls the switching circuitry to route the group of signals from the plurality of amplifiers to the subset of feeds through the switching circuitry, such that the subset of feeds are enabled to form beams that cover the terrestrial regions based on the group of signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Scott Conrad Markley, Erik Halvorson, Arnold Berman
  • Patent number: 10536202
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a plurality of feeds that form analog beams. The plurality of feeds is divided into a plurality of panels, each panel including one or more feeds from the plurality of feeds. The apparatus also includes processing circuitry, which determines a target area for communications coverage and divides the target area into a plurality of regions. The processing circuitry generates, for each region, a plurality of analog beams. A subset of panels of the plurality of panels generates one or more analog beams of the plurality of analog beams. The plurality of analog beams covering each region forms a cluster. The processing circuitry generates, in each cluster, one or more hybrid beams. Each hybrid beam is a digital beam that is generated by combining one or more analog beams of the plurality of analog beams corresponding to the cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Michael Mandell, Phil Rubin, Ted Kaplan, David Milliner, David Marshack, Erik Halvorson
  • Patent number: 10511378
    Abstract: Fade conditions are determined for each gateway in gateway clusters of a set of gateway clusters. A proper subset of the gateway clusters is selected based on the fade conditions determined for each gateway. A beam plan is determined based on the proper subset of the gateway clusters. The beam plan is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Michael Mandell, Phil Rubin, Ted Kaplan, David Milliner, David Marshack, Erik Halvorson
  • Patent number: 10498378
    Abstract: A beam plan that defines beams generated by a satellite that satisfy a set of communication service requirements is obtained. Fade condition information that indicates an amount of fade at particular geographic areas for one or more of the beams is obtained. A modification to the beam plan that mitigates the amount of fade at the particular geographic areas for the one or more of the beams is determined. The beam plan is modified based on the determined modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Erik Halvorson, Michael Mandell, Ted Kaplan, Arnold Berman, Brian Sipos, Scott Conrad Markley, David Marshack
  • Patent number: 10004073
    Abstract: Information associated with a communication service need of the user is received from a user of a client computer system. A set of communication service requirements that indicate satellite resources required to satisfy the communication service need of the user are computed based on the received information, and transmitted to a server computer system. A first beam plan that satisfies the set of communication service requirements is received from the server computer system. The first beam plan includes information on satellite beams and spectra for allocation to the user when the first beam plan is deployed to provide a communication service to the user that satisfies the communication service need of the user. Instructions are transmitted to the server computer system to deploy the first beam plan. Information is received from the server computer system indicating that the first beam plan is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Ted Kaplan, Arnold Berman, Michael Mandell, Brian Sipos, Scott Conrad Markley, Erik Halvorson, David Marshack
  • Patent number: 9985706
    Abstract: Information associated with a communication service need of the user is received from a user of a client computer system. A set of communication service requirements that indicate satellite resources required to satisfy the communication service need of the user are computed based on the received information, and transmitted to a server computer system. A first beam plan that satisfies the set of communication service requirements is received from the server computer system. The first beam plan includes information on satellite beams and spectra for allocation to the user when the first beam plan is deployed to provide a communication service to the user that satisfies the communication service need of the user. Instructions are transmitted to the server computer system to deploy the first beam plan. Information is received from the server computer system indicating that the first beam plan is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Ted Kaplan, Arnold Berman, Michael Mandell, Brian Sipos, Scott Conrad Markley, Erik Halvorson, David Marshack
  • Patent number: 9916507
    Abstract: A network device determines an exposure time associated with an image sensor coupled to a spacecraft for capturing an image of a target object orbiting the Earth. The network device computes a maximum relative angular velocity associated with the target object based on the exposure time and a dimension of a pixel of the image sensor. The network device identifies a first pointing direction of the image sensor for initiating a search for the target object. The network device generates a first angular velocity probability distribution map for the target object and divides the first angular velocity probability distribution map into a first set of angular velocity regions (AVRs). The network device selects a first AVR from the first set of AVRs for scanning by the image sensor and generates a search schedule that includes a first entry for informing the spacecraft to scan the first AVR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Erik Halvorson
  • Patent number: 9848370
    Abstract: A beam former processor receives a group of signals for transmission through the plurality of amplifiers, wherein the group of signals is less than a total number of feeds in an antenna array. The beam former processor determines terrestrial regions for transmitting the group of signals. The beam former processor identifies a subset of feeds that are configured to form beams covering the terrestrial regions. The beam former processor controls the switching circuitry to route the group of signals from the plurality of amplifiers to the subset of feeds through the switching circuitry, such that the subset of feeds are enabled to form beams that cover the terrestrial regions based on the group of signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Scott Conrad Markley, Erik Halvorson, Arnold Berman
  • Patent number: 9748989
    Abstract: A beam plan that defines beams generated by a satellite that satisfy a set of communication service requirements is obtained. Fade condition information that indicates an amount of fade at particular geographic areas for one or more of the beams is obtained. A modification to the beam plan that mitigates the amount of fade at the particular geographic areas for the one or more of the beams is determined. The beam plan is modified based on the determined modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Erik Halvorson, Michael Mandell, Ted Kaplan, Arnold Berman, Brian Sipos, Scott Conrad Markley, David Marshack
  • Patent number: 9680559
    Abstract: Information associated with a communication service need of the user is received from a user of a client computer system. A set of communication service requirements that indicate satellite resources required to satisfy the communication service need of the user are computed based on the received information, and transmitted to a server computer system. A first beam plan that satisfies the set of communication service requirements is received from the server computer system. The first beam plan includes information on satellite beams and spectra for allocation to the user when the first beam plan is deployed to provide a communication service to the user that satisfies the communication service need of the user. Instructions are transmitted to the server computer system to deploy the first beam plan. Information is received from the server computer system indicating that the first beam plan is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Ted Kaplan, Arnold Berman, Michael Mandell, Brian Sipos, Scott Conrad Markley, Erik Halvorson, David Marshack
  • Patent number: 9595989
    Abstract: A beam plan that defines beams generated by a satellite that satisfy a set of communication service requirements is obtained. Fade condition information that indicates an amount of fade at particular geographic areas for one or more of the beams is obtained. A modification to the beam plan that mitigates the amount of fade at the particular geographic areas for the one or more of the beams is determined. The beam plan is modified based on the determined modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Erik Halvorson, Michael Mandell, Ted Kaplan, Arnold Berman, Brian Sipos, Scott Conrad Markley, David Marshack
  • Patent number: 9568589
    Abstract: In one implementation, receive signals may be received by a satellite using corresponding receive elements. The receive signals may form one or more receive beams at one or more receive frequency channels. Transmit signals may be calculated by the satellite by linearly combining the obtained receive signals using transform data. The calculated transmit signals may form one or more transmit beams at one or more transmit frequency channels. The calculated transmit signals may be transmitted by the satellite using corresponding transmit elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Michael Mandell, Ted Kaplan, Arnold Berman, Jeffrey Freedman, Brian Sipos, Scott Conrad Markely, Erik Halvorson, David Marshack
  • Patent number: 9450666
    Abstract: Beamforming in a satellite communications network includes determining a first delay imparted to signals redirected by a first reflecting dish in a satellite, the first delay being caused by motion of the first reflecting dish relative to the satellite. A second delay imparted to signals redirected by a second reflecting dish in the satellite is determined, the second delay being caused by motion of the second reflecting dish relative to the satellite. Calculating, using the determined first and second delays, beamforming coefficients that enable the generation of a single beam by combining a group of signals that includes a first signal redirected by the first reflecting dish and a second signal redirected by the second reflecting dish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Arnold Berman, Michael Mandell, Erik Halvorson, Scott Conrad Markley
  • Patent number: 9397741
    Abstract: Receive signals may be combined to form receive beam signals at multiple receive frequency channels. The receive beam signals may be partitioned by receive frequency channel into multiple groups of receive beam signals, each group corresponding to a different frequency spectrum and the multiple groups including a first group and a second group. The first and the second group of receive beam signals may be communicated to a first and a second switch, respectively. The first and the second group of receive beam signals may be switched by the first switch and the second switch, respectively, to generate a first and a second group of transmit beam signals. Transmit beam signals that include the first and the second group of transmit beam signals may be combined to form transmit signals to be transmitted using corresponding transmit antenna elements to form one or more transmit beams at multiple transmit frequency channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Mandell, Ted Kaplan, Arnold Berman, Jeffrey Freedman, Brian Sipos, Scott Conrad Markley, Erik Halvorson, David Marshack
  • Patent number: 9379806
    Abstract: In one implementation, a minimum metric function with an output representing a metric of a satisfaction of transmission requirements for a satellite communications system configured to produce at least two beams may be generated. The minimum metric function may be a function of beam weight parameters including a first and second set of beam weight parameters representing output signals of high power amplifiers used to form a first and second beam, respectively. An output value of the minimum metric function may be calculated using initial values for the beam weight parameters. A direction to modify the values of the beam weight parameters may be determined based on the calculated output value. Updated values of the beam weight parameters may be determined based on maximizing the output value of the minimum metric function by moving the values of the beam weight parameters in the determined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Mandell, Arnold Berman, Jeffrey Freedman, Erik Halvorson
  • Patent number: 9209891
    Abstract: Receive signals may be combined to form receive beam signals at multiple receive frequency channels. The receive beam signals may be partitioned by receive frequency channel into multiple groups of receive beam signals, each group corresponding to a different frequency spectrum and the multiple groups including a first group and a second group. The first and the second group of receive beam signals may be communicated to a first and a second switch, respectively. The first and the second group of receive beam signals may be switched by the first switch and the second switch, respectively, to generate a first and a second group of transmit beam signals. Transmit beam signals that include the first and the second group of transmit beam signals may be combined to form transmit signals to be transmitted using corresponding transmit antenna elements to form one or more transmit beams at multiple transmit frequency channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Mandell, Ted Kaplan, Arnold Berman, Jeffrey Freedman, Brian Sipos, Scott Conrad Markley, Erik Halvorson, David Marshack
  • Patent number: 9189451
    Abstract: A network device determines an exposure time associated with an image sensor coupled to a spacecraft for capturing an image of a target object orbiting the Earth. The network device computes a maximum relative angular velocity associated with the target object based on the exposure time and a dimension of a pixel of the image sensor. The network device identifies a first pointing direction of the image sensor for initiating a search for the target object. The network device generates a first angular velocity probability distribution map for the target object and divides the first angular velocity probability distribution map into a first set of angular velocity regions (AVRs). The network device selects a first AVR from the first set of AVRs for scanning by the image sensor and generates a search schedule that includes a first entry for informing the spacecraft to scan the first AVR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Freedman, Erik Halvorson