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Airborne wireless communication systems, airborne communication methods, and communication methods

United States Patent

December 13, 2011
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An airborne wireless communication system includes circuitry configured to access information describing a configuration of a terrestrial wireless communication base station that has become disabled. The terrestrial base station is configured to implement wireless communication between wireless devices located within a geographical area and a network when the terrestrial base station is not disabled. The circuitry is further configured, based on the information, to configure the airborne station to have the configuration of the terrestrial base station. An airborne communication method includes answering a 911 call from a terrestrial cellular wireless phone using an airborne wireless communication system.
Deaton; Juan D. (Menan, ID), Schmitt; Michael J. (Idaho Falls, ID), Jones; Warren F. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
11/ 870,357
October 10, 2007
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC07-05ID14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.