Patent Number: 8,880,059

Title: System and methods for media access control optimization for long range wireless communication

Abstract: A system and method for media access control optimization for long distance wireless communication between an airborne platform and a surface base station is provided. The system includes receiving an incoming beamform signal. The incoming beamform signal includes a data portion and a token. It is possible, in some embodiments, that the data portion and the token are independently modulated. The token identifies a subsequent transmitter by including any of: an identification of which transmitter is to transmit next, length of time the next transmitter should transmit for, and transmit timing data. The system may then transmit an outgoing beamform signal including a data portion and a token. After which the system may wait for a return transmission, or a timeout. The system may also be enabled, in some embodiments, to maintain a list of active transmitters. This list of active transmitters may be updated periodically by adding and removing particular transmitters according to successful response transmissions.

Inventors: Leabman; Michael A. (San Ramon, CA)

Assignee: TruePath Technologies, LLC

International Classification: H04W 4/00 (20090101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00