SpaceX Tests Experimental Starlink Terminal That Uses 2 Square-Shaped Dishes

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    SpaceX Tests Experimental Starlink Terminal That Uses 2 Square-Shaped Dishes

    https://www.pcmag.com/news/spacex-tests-experimental-starlink-satellite-that-uses-2-square-shaped

    SpaceX is testing a new version of Starlink that operates via two satellite dishes instead of one.

    The company revealed the experimental dish in an FCC filing last week, which was spotted by Wccftech. The document indicates the dish separates the transmitting and receiving antennas into two squares that’ll communicate with SpaceX’s satellite internet network. Each square measures 12.2 inches by 12.2 inches.

    The design is notably different from the circular satellite dish design on a standard Starlink terminal, which the company has been distributing to thousands of eager customers. That dish, which measures 23 inches in diameter, contains both the transmitting and receiving antennas.

    SpaceX’s application to the FCC doesn’t reveal much about the experimental dish or its purpose. The document merely says the company is seeking a six-month license to test the dish starting on July 10 in five states: California, Colorado, Utah, Texas, and Washington.

    The application was filed as SpaceX is rolling out Starlink across the globe to potentially millions of users in need of high-speed internet. To reach the goal, the company is trying to reduce the $499 upfront cost of each Starlink terminal, which includes the dish and a Wi-Fi modem.

    More at the link: https://www.pcmag.com/news/spacex-tests-experimental-starlink-satellite-that-uses-2-square-shaped


     
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    Certainly worth keeping an eye on. Still pretty expensive and it sounds like congestion is going to be a big hurdle as they add users. Not likely to help folks in the big cities, but I'm sure rural communities are very interested.
     
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    It is 100% for rural communities and most of the world vs our big cities.
     
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    Indeed, the latency on satellite internet is quite bad. (something about shooting a long shot up into space doesn't help!)
     
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    Surprisingly latency isn't a kill with Starlink. From what I've read the initial users are getting 20-80ms depending on their location and Starlink is claiming it'll be 20-40 ms once they get their issues worked out. That's killer compared to the 600 or 700+ ms of traditional satellite internet.

    A guy I work with lives in the rural mountains of North Carolina and he can't wait to get Starlink. It'll be a game changer for him compared to the options he has now. He gets less than a 20 meg connection and the latency is in the same range as Starlink.
     
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    I deal with a lot of rural customers and they might as well be on dial up with how bad their internet is. This service is going to be a big deal for getting everyone online and the same benefits that us city dwellers have.
     
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    articles coming out talking about this being used on airplanes too
     

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