Panel 1: How Does LEO Complement GEO and Vice Versa? What is the Best IFC Setup for Airlines in the Future?

In this session, we will explore the dynamic interplay between Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites, delving into how these two orbital regimes complement each other in the realm of satellite communication and Earth observation. Participants will gain insights into the unique advantages and challenges posed by LEO and GEO satellites, and how a synergistic approach can optimize the overall performance of satellite systems.

Additionally, the session will address the future of In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) for airlines, focusing on the evolving technological landscape and the most effective setups to meet the growing demands of the aviation industry. Discussions will touch upon considerations such as bandwidth, latency, and coverage, aiming to provide valuable perspectives on the best IFC strategies for airlines in the years to come. Join us to unravel the intricacies of satellite orbits and the future of in-flight communication.

Moderator: Mary Kirby, Founder and EditorRunway Girl Network


  • Dermot Cahalan, Market Development Director, OneWeb
  • Bill Milroy, Chairman and CTO, ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
  • Brian Kirby, Senior Technical Product Manager, Telesat
  • Karthik Bharathan, Director – Aviation Terminal Product Management, Viasat
  • Patrick Walsh, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Intelsat