US Pat. No. 10,512,021

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING CONTINUOUS COMMUNICATIONS ACCESS TO SATELLITES IN GEOCENTRIC, NON-GEOSYNCHRONOUS ORBITS

Kepler Communications Inc...

1. A system for providing communications access to satellites, the system comprising:a plurality of network satellites surrounding Earth each in one of a plurality of orbital planes, each orbital plane having coplanar network satellites of the plurality of network satellites, wherein network satellites in all adjacent orbital planes traverse the respective orbital planes in opposite directions from each other,
each network satellite further includes a respective communications subsystem configured to communicate with an adjacent coplanar network satellite of the plurality of network satellites and configured to communicate with at least one external device which is external to the plurality of network satellites,
wherein the at least one external device includes at least one ground station,
wherein the at least one ground station is part of a plurality of ground stations which are inter-connected through a terrestrial communications network,
wherein each network satellite is configured to communicate with an adjacent network satellite in an adjacent orbital plane only via the at least one ground station.