Accession Number : ADD015470

Title :   Meteor Burst Communication System.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 5 Sep 91, patented 2 Jun 92,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Bickel, John E

Report Date : 02 Jun 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : A meteor burst communication network is disclosed that consists of a plurality of meteor burst communication stations that relay radio messages off of meteor burst trails from one station to another. Each station includes an antenna operably coupled to a receiver and transmitter, a display, a message input device, a computer operably connected to the aforementioned equipment, and a clock that provides a time base to the computer. The computer provides instructions to the transmitter and outputs to a display. The program determines if a message has been received by the receiver. If a message has been received, it is stored in the computer memory. The computer then instructs the transmitter to transmit a probing message for a predetermined period of time. If a response to the probing message has been detected by the receiver, the computer directs the transmitter to cease transmitting the probing message, transmit the message, and purge the message from memory after an acknowledgement message is received that the message was received. In cases where the probing message has been transmitted for a period in excess of the predetermined period, the computer directs the transmitter to cease transmitting and purge the message from memory. Messages may also be input into the station through the message input device.

Descriptors :   *RADIO EQUIPMENT, *PATENTS, *COMMUNICATION BUOYS, *BURST TRANSMISSION, ANTENNAS, CLOCKS, COMPUTERS, INPUT, INSTRUCTIONS, METEORS, NETWORKS, OUTPUT, RECEIVERS, RELAYS, RESPONSE, RUPTURE, STATIONS, TIME, TRANSMITTERS, TRANSMITTING

Subject Categories : Radio Communications
      Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE