With increasing demand for in-flight connectivity, the space around Earth is growing crowded with satellites.

Chances are, most new satellites launched these days are there to support your in-flight Wi-Fi. According to Inmarsat, “[t]he ability to connect to personal devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets now sits within 40% of passengers’ top three considerations when choosing an airline, behind ticket price (53%) and flight slots (44%).” With more airlines converting their fleet to Wi-Fi, this is one space race that’s bound to soar higher.

infographic satellites internet wifi

Written by Caroline Ku and Katie Sehl, illustrated by Nicolás Venturelli for Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) magazine.

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