Space Satellite Patents (Class 455/427)
  • Patent number: 11026271
    Abstract: An electronic device and an information processing method are provided. The electronic device includes a master device and a slave device. The master device includes a first functional component with a first function. The first function comprises transmitting a first wireless signal and receiving a second wireless signal transmitted by an external electronic device. In response to that the slave device is physically connected to the master device, the slave device performs the first function. In response to that the slave device is separated from the master device, the slave device performs a second function. The second function is different from the first function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuguang Yang, Super Liao
  • Patent number: 10985899
    Abstract: A method in a network node is provided. The method comprises determining (1304) a frame structure configuration for a narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) system operating in time division duplex (TDD) mode. The frame structure comprises a plurality of subframes. The plurality of subframes comprises at least one of each of a downlink subframe, an uplink subframe, and a special subframe comprising a gap period during which no transmission occurs. The plurality of subframes is arranged such that the frame structure configuration is compatible with an uplink configuration of the NB-IOT system, e.g. having a subcarrier spacing of 3.75 kHz. The method further comprises communicating the determined frame structure configuration to a wireless device operating in the NB-IoT system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Hazhir Shokri Razaghi, Ali Behravan
  • Patent number: 10972167
    Abstract: A user apparatus communicating with a base station in a radio communication system including the base station and the user apparatus includes a first receiving unit to receive multiple first reference signals transmitted from the base station; a detection unit to detect a specific antenna port via which the plurality of first reference signals is received, or a specific directivity pattern, among a plurality of directivity patterns generated by a plurality of antenna ports, in which the plurality of first reference signals are received; a measuring unit to measure reception power of each of the first reference signals; and a transmission unit to group the reception power of each of the first reference signals into one of groups of the specific antenna port and the specific directivity pattern via which the first reference signals are received to transmit the groups of the reception power to the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Kishiyama, Daiki Takeda
  • Patent number: 10958334
    Abstract: A Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit (NGSO) satellite system is described that implements one or more user route tables and a plurality of pre-calculated backbone route tables at its satellites. The user route tables track user connectivity to the satellites, and each of the backbone route tables defines a snapshot of a time-varying backbone topology seen by a particular satellite. During operation, a satellite selects different backbone route tables as the topology changes over time, and receives updates to the user route tables when connectivity changes occur between the users and the satellites. The decoupling of the user route tables from the backbone route tables at the satellite reduces the computational burden on the NGSO system, as the backbone route tables are calculated in advance and the NGSO system is subsequently tasked with a computationally lower burden of performing real-time updates to the user route tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Scott Charles Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10944471
    Abstract: A satellite communications system includes both LEO and MEO satellites, a gateway node (GN) which includes a MEO-GN modem and a LEO-GN modem, and a user terminal (UT) which includes a MEO-UT modem and a LEO-UT modem. The MEO-GN modem transmits data communications to the UT via the MEO satellites. The MEO-UT modem receives the data communications from the MEO-GN modem. The MEO UT modem forwards control messages regarding the data communications received from the MEO-GN modem, via a control message tunnel, to the MEO-GN modem. Via the control message tunnel, (i) the MEO-UT modem provides the control messages to the UT-LEO modem, (ii) the LEO-UT modem transmits the control messages to the LEO-GN modem via the LEO satellites, and (iii) the LEO-GN modem provides the control messages to the MEO-GN modem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Channasandra Ravishankar, John Corrigan
  • Patent number: 10931348
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for sensor-based beam management by user equipment (UE). The method includes obtaining, by the UE, a reference beam pair and a first set of neighbor beam pairs in a first reception direction for connecting with a network; determining, by the UE, a change in the first reception direction, based on sensor data; identifying, by the UE, a second set of neighbor beam pairs in the changed first reception direction; measuring, by the UE, a plurality of beam parameters for neighbor beam pairs in the second set of neighbor beam pairs; determining, by the UE, an optimal beam pair from the identified second set of neighbor beam pairs based on the plurality of measured beam parameters; and configuring, by the UE, an optimal beam pair for connecting with the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Ashok Kumar Reddy Chavva, Shubham Khunteta, Yunas Rashid, Chaiman Lim, Youngpo Lee, Jinwoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10911395
    Abstract: Approaches presented herein enable tailoring messages to enhance sharing and resonance based on a community fingerprint and a key influencer. More specifically, a message to be directed to members of an online social community is received. Members of the social community who influence the social community and their likelihood to re-share messages are identified. A re-share fingerprint for the identified influencer is generated that maps the influencer's likelihood to re-share content. A communications fingerprint of the community is also created using an amalgamation of the communication patterns and styles of individual members of the community. The received message is optimized to most effectively target the message to the online social community and to solicit a desired response from the community based on the community communication fingerprint. The optimized message can then be forwarded to the online social community.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nathaniel J. Gibbs, Matthew M. Lobbes, Shelbee D. Smith-Eigenbrode, Brian J. Snitzer
  • Patent number: 10863404
    Abstract: A system includes a computer that is programmed to actuate to switch from a first satellite link between a terminal and a first satellite to a second satellite link upon determining that a data throughput of the first satellite relative to a first satellite throughput capacity exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Satyajit Roy, George Choquette
  • Patent number: 10820235
    Abstract: A method for balancing inroute traffic load that contains both guaranteed QoS and best effort traffic. Hierarchical grouping levels are defined with the lowest level corresponding to inroutes within the system. Certain levels have common symbol rates, modulation rates, or both. When a new terminal requires admission, it is assigned to entries in the different hierarchical levels so that the inroute traffic load across all levels are balanced. Terminals are admitted to inroutes based, in part, on their channel quality indicator. Inroute traffic load can periodically rebalance based on elapsed time or terminal redistribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: HUGHES NETWORK SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Satyajit Roy, Archana Gharpuray
  • Patent number: 10810885
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for transmitting data of an unmanned aerial vehicle control system. According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, provided is a method of transmitting data of an unmanned aerial vehicle control system, the method including: connecting an unmanned aerial vehicle to a ground radio station via a mission data link and a non-mission data link; checking a maximum transmit power of the non-mission data link; checking a margin value of the non-mission data link considering a state of the unmanned aerial vehicle; checking a required transmit power of the non-mission data link by applying the margin value of the non-mission data link; and determining a transmit power of the non-mission data link by comparing the maximum transmit power with the required transmit power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventor: Hee Wook Kim
  • Patent number: 10754062
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and computer program products are provided for selecting a weather estimation algorithm and providing a weather estimate based thereon. In an example embodiment a method is provided that comprises receiving request location information by a processor, identifying one or more weather stations, and determining a distance from at least one of the one or more weather stations to a physical location indicated by the request location information. Based at least in part on the at least one determined distance, a weather estimation algorithm is selected. A weather estimation is determined for the physical location indicated by the request location information based at least on the selected weather estimation algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Leon Oliver Stenneth
  • Patent number: 10749594
    Abstract: Methods and systems including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for training and deploying machine-learned communication over RF channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DeepSig Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy James O'Shea, James Shea, Ben Hilburn
  • Patent number: 10713932
    Abstract: Methods of issuing an emergency alert in a geographical area serviced by a Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) satellite and a terrestrial Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) base station are provided. A method includes receiving a first emergency alert message from the MSS satellite by a user equipment in the geographical area using a first radio frequency band, and receiving a second emergency alert message from the terrestrial BWA base station by the user equipment in the geographical area using a second radio frequency band. Related devices and systems are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TELCOM VENTURES, LLC
    Inventor: Rajendra Singh
  • Patent number: 10659145
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method includes receiving simulated RF transmission data indicative of anticipated RF transmissions from a plurality of transmitters, wherein individual anticipated RF transmissions carry corresponding messages, and simulated position data indicative of an anticipated position of each of the plurality of transmitters. The method further includes modeling characteristics of a communications channel expected between a satellite-based receiver and at least some of the transmitters, wherein the satellite-based receiver is configured to define one or more beams for receiving anticipated RF transmissions. The method additionally includes determining a likelihood of the receiver successfully extracting one or more components of a message from one of the anticipated RF transmissions based on at least the simulated RF transmission data, the simulated position data, and the modeled characteristics of the communications channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Aireon LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Garcia, John Dolan
  • Patent number: 10659147
    Abstract: A device for an aircraft having at least one first communication with an air traffic control center. The device establishes a second communication with a remote assistance center and performs a first mixing of audio signals from the first communication or communications and of audio signals from the second communication and transmits the result to the pilot. The device also performs a second mixing of audio signals from the first communication or communications and of audio signals from the pilot and transmits the result to the remote assistance center by using the second communication. The device performs a relaying of commands received via the second communication to devices of the aircraft. An operator in the remote assistance center listens to the exchanges between the pilot and the air traffic control center and can exchange with the pilot and relieve him or her of certain tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Claude Pichavant, Luc Emberger, Fabrice Cotdeloup
  • Patent number: 10649062
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a terminal positioning method and apparatus. The method comprises: obtaining beam information corresponding to a terminal; obtaining a time advance amount of the terminal in a serving cell; and determining location information of the terminal according to the beam information and the time advance amount. The present disclosure may solve the technical problem of low terminal positioning precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CLOUDMINDS (SHENZHEN) ROBOTICS SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: William Xiao-Qing Huang, Haitao Jiang, Zhenkai Wang
  • Patent number: 10623122
    Abstract: System and methods are described for automatic pairing a plurality of devices within a vehicle. Based on a seat mapping stored within a server, a seat display unit and its allocated peripherals can be paired in sequence, one-by-one. Thus, a first seat display unit and its allocated peripherals can be powered on. Then, the peripherals can be paired with the first seat display unit, and the first seat display unit and the allocated peripherals can be powered down. Once this is complete, the next seat display unit and its allocated peripherals can be powered on, paired, and then powered down before continuing in sequence until all peripherals are paired with their allocated seat display units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Systems and Software Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Gledich, Romain Lecomte, Samuel A. Carswell, Brian Andrew Simone
  • Patent number: 10601498
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is a system to maximize efficiency as a mobile terminal receives data signals transmitted through multiple satellite spot beams. The multiple spot beams can be broadcast via a single satellite or multiple satellites. As a mobile terminal travels throughout a region, the system determines which spot beam would delivers data in the most efficient manner possible. This system takes into account multiple factors, including but not limited to velocity of the mobile terminal, traffic within a spot beam, business affiliations, etc. Once the system takes into account the various factors, an embodiment of the present invention generates a relative weighted factor that is subsequently associated with various available spot beams. Based on rankings of the weighted factors associated with each spot beam, the system may choose to receive data from a different spot beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Rajeev Gautam Oza, Guy Montgomery, Peter Johns
  • Patent number: 10567072
    Abstract: The present invention relates to satellite systems and more particularly, to the provision of novel systems and methods for verifying the in-orbit performance and operation of satellite communications subsystems. In contrast to traditional Payload IOT (in-orbit test), the invention operates without an uplink signal, by generating hardware-specific signatures using isolated, internally generated, thermal noise. It has been found that this noise provides a very stable, repeatable signal for testing. Prior to launch, a repeater command sequence is executed to generate a hardware-specific signature based on the internally-generated noise. The same repealer command sequence is then executed in-orbit to determine whether the hardware-specific signature has changed. The two signatures may be recorded and compared using a simple tool such as a spectrum analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: TELESAT CANADA
    Inventors: Stephen Reid, Roger Yip
  • Patent number: 10555219
    Abstract: A method to provide dedicated bandwidth, the method including: provisioning transmitters to transmit over a satellite link; generating, for each of the transmitters, a respective transmit signal using a common codeblock asynchronous sub-carrier multiple access (A-SCMA) encoding for a respective information stream; transmitting, via the satellite link, the respective transmit signal from each of the transmitters; and varying a bandwidth rate of each of the respective transmit signals with a grant-free protocol, where the bandwidth rate of the respective transmit signals is less than or equal to a maximum system rate, the transmitting of at least two or more of the transmitters is at least partially concurrent, and each of the respective transmit signals is modulated at a common frequency over a common frequency band with a common polarization. The method reduces latency, jitter, and provides dynamic bandwidth allocation without allocation feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Yogesh Sethi
  • Patent number: 10548073
    Abstract: A device is configured to receive signals from a first network and one of transmit signals to or receive signals from a second network. The device is further configured to determine whether at least one parameter related to the first network satisfies a predetermined condition, when the at least one parameter satisfies the predetermined condition, monitoring a degradation of signals received from the first network when an aggressor of the second network is present relative to signals received from the first network when the aggressor is absent and determining a setting to subsequently utilize the first network when the aggressor is present based, at least in part, on the degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Harsha Shirahatti
  • Patent number: 10522920
    Abstract: A method for generating a circular polarisation signal from at least two transponders of a satellite able to process linearly polarised signals includes: a transmission of at least two linearly polarised signal components so as to produce a circularly polarised signal by at least two transponders of a satellite; processing signals by the two transponders of the satellite to produce a circular polarisation of the signals transmitted by the satellite; ground receiving by at least one circularly polarised antenna; measuring a physical parameter from the received signals, and determining a correction parameter to be applied to the generation of the components of linearly polarised signals; generating a compensation of the components of linearly polarised signals transmitted to the satellite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: EUTELSAT S A
    Inventors: Antonio Arcidiacono, Daniele Vito Finocchiaro, Alessandro Le Pera
  • Patent number: 10512018
    Abstract: Approaches for efficient, dynamic and continuous handover processes, which encompass selection of an optimal path (consisting of a satellite, a satellite beam and carrier frequency set) over which a mobile user terminal (UT) communicates with the radio access network in a mobile satellite communications system, are provided. A set of path factors are determined regarding each of a plurality of communications paths for the UT. A path selection metric (PSM) for each communications path is determined, wherein the PSM for each communications path is determined via a weighted calculation based on the respective set of path factors for the communications path. A decision is made as to whether to perform a handover of the UT from a first of the communications paths to a second of the communications paths, wherein the determination is based on an evaluation performed based at least in part on the PSM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Nassir Benammar, Deepak Arur, Channasandra Ravishankar, Yash Vasavada
  • Patent number: 10484924
    Abstract: A network apparatus according to a first aspect includes a controller configured to measure a throughput of communication which is performed by a radio terminal via a wireless LAN. The controller is configured to give a notification of throughput information indicating the throughput, to a base station constituting a mobile communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Fujishiro
  • Patent number: 10447375
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure generally relate to wireless communication and techniques to prevent frequent beam switching. In some aspects, a user equipment (UE) may determine a duration of time that the UE dwells on a beam. The UE may update a data structure, stored in memory of the UE, to add or modify a stored duration value associated with the beam based at least in part on determining the duration of time that the UE dwells on the beam. The UE may determine that a condition associated with the stored duration value is satisfied. The UE may modify a priority of the beam in connection with a beam selection procedure based at least in part on determining that the condition associated with the stored duration value is satisfied. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Chinmaya Padhy, Kuo-Chun Lee, Ansah Ahmed Sheik, Vishnu Namboodiri Karakkad Kesavan Namboodiri, Theeksha Athoor Perumal, Rajesh Gopala Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10447385
    Abstract: A method is provided for interleaving frequency reuse plans of multiple satellites to form an aggregate frequency reuse cell plan. A first plurality of spot beams is generated by a first satellite for a first frequency reuse plan based on radio frequency (RF) spectrum bands. A second plurality of spot beams is generated by a second satellite for a second frequency reuse plan based on the RF spectrum bands. The first and second plurality of spot beams are interleaved to generate an aggregate frequency reuse cell plan. According to the aggregate frequency reuse plan, each of a first plurality of cells is covered by a combination of at least two of the plurality of spot beams of the first satellite, and each of a first plurality of cells is covered by a combination of at least two of the plurality of spot beams of the second satellite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian Morris, Dave Roos, Stan Kay
  • Patent number: 10405200
    Abstract: An electronic device comprising circuitry that controls transmitting signals through a first communication link toward a base station or a second communication link toward a mobile station. The second communication link uses an uplink resource of the first communication link. The circuity determines transmission power for the second communication link based on a first parameter and a second parameter. The first parameter indicates a signal level, a power level, or a noise level in the first communication link. The second parameter corresponds to path loss information for the first communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Sawai, Ryota Kimura
  • Patent number: 10382265
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described for generating reversible mappings for management systems. The management system may include an interface and a processor. The interface may communicatively couple the management system to network devices. The processor may generate a data structure that represents each expression of a forward mapping as a separate node of the data structure. The processor may also translate one or more of the expressions represented as the separate nodes in the data structure to corresponding one or more negated expressions so as to form a reverse mapping. Further, the processor may apply the reverse mapping to the low-level configuration of the first network device to obtain the high-level configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Nirmal Anburose, Chandrasekhar A
  • Patent number: 10375693
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for routing wireless mobile communication signals using a phased array communication network. In one example, a system includes a plurality of phased array antennas configured to receive an RF modulated data packet. The RF modulated data packet includes a header and payload data. A demodulator circuit is provided to demodulate the header to identify route information while maintaining the payload data in RF modulated format. The phased array antennas are configured to transmit a high bandwidth narrow antenna beam comprising the RF modulated data packet in accordance with the route information. Maintaining the payload data in RF modulated format during the route provides for high bandwidth and high data rate transmission required of today's wireless mobile communication networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gary D. Stuck
  • Patent number: 10194445
    Abstract: A method for resource and power allocation indication in a beam-based access system is provided. In an embodiment, a method for signaling power allocation in a beam-based access system includes determining, by a transmit point (TP), a relative effective transmit power offset between a control beam and a data beam. The method also includes signaling, by the TP, the relative effective transmit power offset to a user equipment (UE). The UE performs automatic gain control (AGC) on a control channel and a data channel according to the relative effective transmit power offset signaled by the TP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Bin Liu, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Pengfei Xia
  • Patent number: 10187140
    Abstract: A communication system is described. The system includes: at least one gateway able to provide broadband connectivity, a set of ground terminals, and a set of aerial platforms, where at least one aerial platform is able to communicate with at least one gateway using radio frequencies, each aerial platform is able to communicate with ground terminals using radio frequencies, and each aerial platform is able to communicate with each other aerial platform using radio frequencies. An automated method for determining a beam direction for communication among UAVs includes: dividing a space around the UAV into multiple sub-regions, and, iteratively: selecting a sub-region from among the multiple sub-regions; pointing a signal toward the sub-region; and determining whether a signal is received from another UAV, until all sub-regions from among the multiple sub-regions have been selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Bridgewest Finance LLC
    Inventor: Ahmad Jalali
  • Patent number: 10158431
    Abstract: A method for mitigating the effect of a localized jamming attack on a secure, tactical wireless network implements a dynamic relay assignment (“DRA”) approach, whereby nodes are dynamically assigned to relay communications to “disadvantaged” nodes that are subject to the attack, the relay nodes being selected based on their communication reliability and their proximity to the disadvantaged nodes. In embodiments, the nodes share with each other performance statistics and, in embodiments, measured local noise levels. In various embodiments, each node provides data to a “strategy optimizer” which then dynamically makes relay assignments. In Link-16 embodiments support for a “DRA” relay mode is added, and the communication protocol is extended to support the required exchange of communication quality and local noise information via PPLI messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: John H Chongoushian
  • Patent number: 10142021
    Abstract: Described herein are ground based subsystems, and related methods, for use in transmitting an optical feeder uplink beam to a satellite that includes a multiple element antenna feed array and that is configured to accept the optical feeder uplink beam and in dependence thereon use the multiple element antenna feed array to produce and transmit a plurality of radio frequency (RF) service downlink beams to service terminals. Certain embodiments are related to a ground based beamformer (GBBF) for inclusion in a ground based subsystem, and methods for use therewith. Beneficially, embodiments described herein allow for flexible antenna beam forming for large signal bandwidth without the limitation associated with the available gateway uplink and downlink spectrum at RF frequencies. Also described herein are space based subsystems for use with such ground based subsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SPACE SYSTEMS/LORAL, LLC
    Inventors: Ghislain Turgeon, Vijaya Gallagher, Leah Wang
  • Patent number: 10142013
    Abstract: A method of designing an interplanetary communications network with an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) at each node. Object functions are generated that relate network characteristics and performance. Each object function is driven to an extreme (min or max) to provide an optimum network configuration. The optimum network configuration includes the number of nodes and the number of antennas for each node, node placement, specific node storage capacity and communications capacity for nodes and for links between nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Hesham El-Damhougy, Keith Jarett
  • Patent number: 10110288
    Abstract: A Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) wireless terminal includes spaced-apart antennas that are configured to transmit over a return link and to receive over a forward link that is spaced apart from the return link in frequency. The FDD wireless terminal is configured to selectively refrain from transmitting over the return link from at least one of the spaced-apart antennas of the FDD wireless terminal in response to differentials in forward link power that is received at the spaced-apart antennas of the FDD wireless terminal, that are caused, for example, by blocking appendages of a user of the wireless terminal. Related methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ATC TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Santanu Dutta
  • Patent number: 10084529
    Abstract: A system and related method for minimizing co-channel interference in air-to-ground single-frequency networking includes aircraft-based directional and omnidirectional antenna arrays for transmitting to single frequency networks (SFN) (e.g., LTE, HSPA) and their cell sites. The directional array may encompass several cell sites to take advantage of C-RAN architectures. The system may default to the directional array to establish or re-establish network access, identifying accessible networks and sites and monitoring corresponding synchronization cell counts. The system may minimize co-channel interference with terrestrial network users by switching to the directional array if the count of accessible cell sites or networks becomes high enough, or due to additional factors (e.g., climbing above a threshold altitude). Similarly, the system may switch to the omnidirectional array if the cell count drops below a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl J. Riechers, Ryan J. Coppa
  • Patent number: 10048353
    Abstract: A radar system for transmitting a FMCW radar sensor signal encompassing a series of frequency modulation ramps and phase-modulated with a first code sequence orthogonal to a respective other code sequence with which a time-synchronized transmitted signal of another FMCW radar sensor is phase-modulated; the radar echoes are phase-demodulated with a code sequence correlating with the first code sequence; and a distance and/or a relative speed of a localized object is identified from a Fourier analysis frequency spectrum, in a first dimension over sampled radar echo values of a frequency modulation ramp, and in a second dimension over the phase-demodulated sequence of radar echoes of the ramps of the transmitted signal; and a vehicle fleet radar system having an FMCW radar sensor in which a code set satisfying a code set orthogonality condition with a code set of a radar sensor of another vehicle is used for phase modulation/demodulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Jingying Vogt, Michael Schoor
  • Patent number: 10039026
    Abstract: A base station that runs a plurality of beams calculates the sum of proportional fairness metrics for each of terminals scheduled for resource allocation in the beams, creates a beam muting list based on the sum of proportional fairness metrics for each beam, and mutes the beams in the beam muting list for blocking power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: JungSook Bae
  • Patent number: 9936498
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating mission-critical (MiCri) data in a network including a base station and user equipment (UE) are provided. The methods may include receiving a request message requesting MiCri data, and transmitting the MiCri data during a transmission time interval (TTI) of a first carrier component or during a transmission time interval (TTI) of a second carrier component. In various aspects, the TTI of the first carrier component may be staggered in time with respect to the TTI of the second carrier component. In another aspect, the UE may pre-report interference pattern information for a nominal TTI for use in communication of MiCri data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Kambiz Azarian Yazdi, Tingfang Ji, Jing Jiang
  • Patent number: 9924424
    Abstract: An integrated radio communication system with ordered hierarchical cellular coverage comprises a first system and a second system, the coverage of the second system covered by the coverage of the first system, and a set of dual-mode terminals that can selectively use the first system or the second system. The first and second systems are configured to simultaneously share a common portion Bc of a first band B1 of frequencies respectively on a first uplink and a second uplink, and respectively manage first transmission resources and corresponding second transmission resources. The second radio communication system of lower level N2 is free to manage its second transmission resources without any coordination constraint with respect to the first system of higher level N1, whereas the first system of higher level is configured to not disturb the second system in the common frequency band portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Nicolas Chuberre, Cyril Michel, Laurent Combelles, Thibaud Calmettes
  • Patent number: 9917635
    Abstract: Signals of data streams for transmission to user equipment (UE) in spoke-and-hub configurations will utilize multiple transponders of satellites. Radiation patterns from ground terminals with distributed apertures feature orthogonal beams (OB). A tracking OB beam from a moving platform dynamically shall autonomously be formed as a shaped beam by a digital-beam-forming (DBF) network with a peak to a desired satellite, and nulls to undesired satellites to minimize mutual interferences among multiple satellite spatially. Ground hubs and mobile terminals feature “coherent” bandwidth aggregating capability from multiple available but non-contiguous slices of frequency slots in many transponders by wavefront multiplexing/demultiplexing (WF muxing/demuxing) techniques. These individual frequency slots must be dynamically selected, calibrated and equalized continuously in receivers via embedded probing signals as a part of WF muxing/demuxing techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Spatial Digital Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald C. D. Chang
  • Patent number: 9912526
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining a first tuning state of a media processor of a subscriber. The first tuning state includes a satellite service channel of a number of channels, wherein the satellite service channel provides a first media content item that is processed by the media processor for presentation. A terrestrial service channel is identified that provides a second media content item. The terrestrial service channel is accessed, but not at a time of access processed by the media processing device for presentation. An unavailability is determined of the satellite service channel to the media processor, and subsequent processing of the second media content item by the media processor is facilitated by replacing the first media content item, responsive to the determining of the unavailability of the satellite service channel. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas Medina, Todd Andrew Fryer, Nicholas Nicas
  • Patent number: 9894687
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided. Devices asynchronously transmit, without diversity, bursts including information encoded using a low rate FEC code having a code rate no higher than ½. A terminal receives transmitted multiple overlapping bursts. The terminal detects and decodes bursts in a window of burst times, performs an iteration of an iterative interference cancellation process, and when at least one burst of at least a portion of the window remains incorrectly decoded, another iteration of the iterative cancellation process is performed as long as a maximum number of repeated iterations has not yet been performed. When all of the bursts in at least the portion of the window are correctly decoded, the window is advanced by an amount of burst time, at least the portion of the window is updated, and the iterations may be repeated. Correctly decoded bursts may be passed to a next process or device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Neal David Becker, Mustafa Eroz, Lin-Nan Lee, Stanley E. Kay
  • Patent number: 9866312
    Abstract: Systems and methods configured to form and point beams from one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) toward a target coverage area on the ground. One embodiment describes dividing the target coverage area on the ground among multiple UAVs when each UAV antenna system generates static beams. Another embodiment describes dividing the target coverage area on the ground among multiple UAVs when their antenna systems are capable of dynamically steering their respective beams. Another set of embodiments describe systems and method to allow multiple UAVs to provide service in the same area on the ground using the same spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ubiqomm LLC
    Inventors: Ahmad Jalali, Leonard Schiff
  • Patent number: 9848433
    Abstract: A technique for providing users with in-flight connectivity includes a method for operating a communications system on an aircraft comprising allocating to a communications session between equipment on the aircraft and other equipment, a first bandwidth allocation of a selected communications system selected from the group consisting of a satellite communications system and an air-to-ground communications system. The allocating is based on a latency tolerance of the communications session and a prioritization level of the communications session. The method includes communicating signals of the communications session using the first bandwidth allocation of the selected communications system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Melvin D. Frerking, Bo Wei, Assad Radpour
  • Patent number: 9819742
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for orbital satellite platforms. In one example, an orbital satellite platform includes a plurality of satellite devices each comprising a virtualized execution system configured to execute one or more software payloads as associated virtual nodes. An active satellite device is provided among the plurality of satellite devices and is configured to execute at least an active virtual node, determine state information related to the execution of the active virtual node, and periodically update the state information in a storage satellite device. The storage satellite device is configured to select a level of statefulness for delivery of the state information to a peer satellite device designated as an operational backup for the active satellite device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Shaun Coleman, Darren D. Garber
  • Patent number: 9820172
    Abstract: Certain features relate to systems and methods for jointly optimizing a radio access network (RAN) and distributed antenna system (DAS). A joint RAN-DAS self-optimizing network (SON) entity can determine target parameters based on parameters specific to the DAS and parameters specific to the RAN. The joint RAN-DAS-SON entity can optimize the RAN and DAS using the target parameters. Jointly optimizing the RAN and the DAS can improve the capacity characteristics, coverage characteristics, or the performance characteristics of the RAN and DAS. In some aspects, the joint RAN-DAS-SON entity can optimize the RAN and DAS by re-allocating power levels of downlink signals transmitted by remote units of the DAS to compensate for underutilized carrier signals in situations of low traffic load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Luigi Tarlazzi, Maurice D'Souza
  • Patent number: 9801183
    Abstract: A mobile communications system including: at least one base station configured to communicate data to/from different terminal devices via respective of plural logically separate carriers of a wireless access interface; first and second terminal devices operable to camp-on to first and second carriers of plural carriers and to subsequently communicate data with the at least one base station via the first and second carriers. The first and second carriers support compatible synchronization signaling such that the first and second terminal devices both can synchronize with the first and second carriers to begin a camp-on procedure. Following synchronization with one of the first or second carriers to begin the camp-on procedure, the second terminal device is configured to determine whether or not to continue with the camp-on procedure in dependence on an aspect of physical layer signaling associated with a control channel of the carrier with which it has synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SCA IPLA HOLDINGS INC
    Inventors: Philip Young, Peter Darwood
  • Patent number: 9800376
    Abstract: A high capacity communication system and method, and a high capacity communications configuration system are provided. The high capacity communication system includes a transmitter. The transmitter includes a signal generator to generate a signal including, wherein for a first frame portion extending from zero to ? time the signal is generated per a first color reuse plan of a frequency spectrum and one or more polarizations, and for a second frame portion extending from ? to T the signal is generated per a second color reuse plan of the frequency spectrum and the one or more polarizations; and an RF system to beam the signal concurrently to a first geographic area and a second geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Lin-Nan Lee, Liping Chen, Anthony Noerpel, Stanley E. Kay
  • Patent number: 9800322
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing mobility across satellite beams, are described. The system includes a first core node, a second core node in communication with the first core node at layer-2 of the OSI model (L2), and a first gateway in communication, at L2, with the first core, the first gateway configured to provide access to a first spot beam at a first location. The system further includes a second gateway in communication, at L2, with the second core node, the second gateway configure to provide access to a second spot beam at a second location, and a mobile device, at the first location, in communication with the first gateway via the first spot beam, wherein the mobile device is assigned an IP address by the first core node. The mobile device moves from the first location to the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ViaSat, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Foxworthy, Girish Chandran, Jason Lau