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New Patent Protects Essential MSV Satellite Technology

File image of an Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV) satellite.
by Staff Writers
Reston VA (SPX) Mar 05, 2007
Mobile Satellite Ventures has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,181,161 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This is the nineteenth patent issued to MSV protecting the company's hybrid satellite-terrestrial system including Ancillary Terrestrial Component ("ATC") technology.

The "Multi-Band/Multi-Mode Satellite Radiotelephone Communications Systems and Methods" patent issued on February 20, 2007, addresses critical technologies of MSV's next-generation state-of-the-art satellite system currently under construction.

Specifically, the patent describes how a satellite may be configured to support multiple air interfaces in order to enable a broad range of services to a broad range of user devices, including legacy and modern.

According to the technical description, at least one air interface is based upon a terrestrial cellular/PCS air interface and feeder links that are used to transport data between the satellite and a satellite gateway are segmented into respective sub-bands so that different air interfaces are transported over different feeder link segments, facilitating the efficient processing of information and reduction of interference.

"This patent covers enabling technologies that may be deployed by a satellite to facilitate support of legacy and modern terminal equipment," explained Dr. Peter D. Karabinis, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at MSV and inventor of the patent.

"We recognized the importance of such technologies and filed this patent early. The solutions claimed allow the system to continue to provide service to legacy equipment, as required, while at the same time facilitating state-of-the-art air interfaces that provide enhanced voice and data services via feature-rich, low-cost, light-weight and aesthetically appealing satellite/ATC user devices."

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