Patent Number: 6,400,926

Title: Radiocommunication system using geostationary and non-geostationary satellites

Abstract: A radiocommunication system and method using a combination of a geostationary (GEO) and a plurality of medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites are disclosed. First, a GEO satellite is launched to provide initial system capacity. Next, MEO satellites are successively launched into positions where they can supplement the coverage of the GEO satellite during peak traffic hours. Finally, when a sufficient number of MEO satellites are in place, the GEO satellite can provide the supplementary capacity.

Inventors: Dent; Paul W. (Stehags, SE)

Assignee: Ericsson GE Mobile Communications Inc.

International Classification: H04B 7/195 (20060101); H04B 007/185 ()

Expiration Date: 06/04/2019