NETWORK-ACCESS SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

  • US 20080055152A1
  • Filed: 08/29/2007
  • Published: 03/06/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/29/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A satellite communications system, comprising:

  • a first microwave radiator configured to direct microwave signals to a first earth-based gateway antenna system, the microwave signals carrying communications data from a first user terminal located in a spot beam coverage region;

    a first signal splitter configured to collect at least a portion of communications data from the first user terminal;

    a second microwave radiator configured to direct microwave signals to a second earth-based gateway antenna system, the microwave signals carrying communications data from a second user terminal;

    a second splitter configured to collect at least a portion of communications data from the second user terminal;

    a third microwave radiator configured to direct microwave signals to a third earth-based gateway antenna system; and

    a first selector configured to selectively couple the third microwave radiator to a selected one of the first and second splitters, such that the microwave signals directed by the third microwave radiator carry communications data collected from the selected one of the first and second splitters.

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