Low earth orbit distributed gateway communication system

  • US 5,884,142 A
  • Filed: 04/15/1997
  • Issued: 03/16/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/15/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for operating a communication system, comprising steps of:

  • receiving a call for a user terminal at a satellite system gateway;

    examining a database to determine if the user terminal is associated with a localized service area within a coverage area of the satellite system gateway;

    if yes, formulating a message and transmitting the message to a virtual gateway that serves the regional service area, the message being transmitted via at least one satellite;

    receiving the message at the virtual gateway and paging the user terminal; and

    upon the user terminal responding to the page, establishing the call using satellite system resources that are allocated to the virtual gateway from the satellite system gateway.

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