The new dish promises to be more portable. The company is also preparing next-generation high-performance Starlink dishes for enterprise customers.
SpaceX is preparing a small Starlink dish that could be as easy to carry as a laptop.
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On Tuesday, the company filed an FCC application Opens in a new window seeking permission to sell a next-generation Starlink dish, one that uses a “smaller form factor.”
SpaceX said the dish is designed to “enjoy high-speed, low-latency broadband wherever customers live or work, including in remote areas where mobile or portable applications are needed.”
In a separate document Opens in a new window , SpaceX revealed that the new dish will measure 0.29 meters 11.4 inches by 0.25 meters 9.8 inches, making it the size of an Apple MacBook, as noted by Nathan Owens, an engineer Opens in a new window who led Starlink Development. by tracking
In contrast, the existing Starlink dish for consumers measures 20.2 by 11.9 inches, making it considerably taller. The current Starlink dish will cost $599.
The company refrained from disclosing the exact improvements made to the new dish, so cost or potential speed benefits are currently unknown. But the FCC application adds that “SpaceX continues to develop and refine innovative user-terminal models, resulting in the advanced design described in this application.”
The other next-generation Starlink dish mentioned in the FCC application is designed to be a high-performance solution for both consumer and enterprise customers that works for everyone. It will measure 0.57 meters 22.4 inches by 0.36 meters 14.7 inches.
It’s smaller than SpaceX’s current high-performance dish, which measures 22.7 by 20.1 inches and costs $2,500.
SpaceX has applied for an FCC license to use food in stationary position and motion in vehicles, including cars, boats and airplanes Opens in a new window. So users can certainly expect the company to sell their updated dish model in the future, once SpaceX secures regulatory approval. The new hardware will be able to communicate with both the first-generation Starlink constellation and the second, like the existing small Starlink dish.
Starlink will also cater to other Next Generations. According to an FCC filing filed last month, SpaceX has requested a temporary license to test 200 new small Starlink dish models.