Hybrid satellite communications system

  • US 6,522,865 B1
  • Filed: 08/10/1999
  • Issued: 02/18/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/10/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A hybrid satellite communications system comprising:

  • an earth orbiting satellite means including a first transceiver for receiving and transmitting a first set of signals and a second transceiver for receiving and transmitting a second set of signals, said first set of signals being transmitted from said satellite means to the earth in a first frequency band selected from X band and K band, said second set of signals being transmitted from the earth to said satellite means in a second frequency band selected from L band and S band;

    terrestrial communications means for transmitting said first set of signals to said satellite means and for receiving said second set of signals from said satellite means; and

    a plurality of user units, each of said user units including a transceiver for transmitting said second set of signals in said second frequency band selected from L band and S band to said satellite means and for receiving said first set of signals in said first frequency band selected from X band and K band from said satellite means;

    said user units personal computers constructed for communicating with the Internet, said said terrestrial communications means is connected to the Internet for providing said personal computers access to the Internet through said terrestrial communications means and said satellite means wherein Internet communications is transmitted to said user units in said first frequency band selected from X band and K band from said satellite means and Internet communications is transmitted from said user units in said second frequency band selected from L and S band to said satellite means.

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