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Title:
MULTICAST CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DYNAMIC, ADAPTIVE TIME, BANDWIDTH, FREQUENCY, AND SATELLITE ALLOCATIONS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO2005013064
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
Methods and systems to efficiently share multiple satellites and associated transponders or links among a network of uplinking earth stations are disclosed. An embodiment of this invention uses a terrestrial communications link, such as the Internet, to control access to the transponder or satellite links. Communications over this link may employ a TCP/IP protocol to connect the requesting uplinking earth stations with a centralized controller. This control system creates more efficient use of satellite resources and reduces the overall amount of time needed for transmitting data through the satellite. By reducing the overall amount of time needed for transmitting data, the control system may reduce the cost of using the satellite transponder capacity.

Inventors:
SETTLE TIMOTHY F (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2004/023916
Publication Date:
June 22, 2006
Filing Date:
July 23, 2004
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Assignee:
PATHFIRE INC (US)
SETTLE TIMOTHY F (US)
International Classes:
H04H20/00; H04B7/185; G06F; (IPC1-7): H04B7/185
Foreign References:
US6104911A2000-08-15
US6002852A1999-12-14
US6487183B12002-11-26
Other References:
See also references of EP 1654618A4
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