0

Your Cart is Empty

SpaceX's Starlink 'UFO on a stick' User Terminal Prototypes Revealed In Photos

by Evelyn Arevalo June 19, 2020

SpaceX's Starlink 'UFO on a stick' User Terminal Prototypes Revealed In Photos

All Images Credit: r/darkpenguin22 via Reddit

SpaceX aims to offer Starlink internet services worldwide to fund its space program. The company has been deploying small satellites that will beam low latency, high-speed broadband internet across the globe. Starlink will be a constellation consisting of 12,000 satellites. As of today, the company has deployed 540 satellites into low Earth orbit. Every deployment of 60 satellites can deliver 1 terabit of bandwidth, which could potentially support 40,000 users streaming high-definition content simultaneously. The network will serve the "3 or 4 percent hardest to reach customers" for telecommunication companies. Rural areas where internet connectivity is unreliable or non-existent will benefit from the Starlink network. 

Early January, the founder and Chief Engineer at SpaceX Elon Musk, shared some details of how customers will receive Starlink’s internet connection. He shared that the terminal "looks like a thin, flat, round UFO on a stick." The "Starlink terminal has motors to self-adjust optimal angle to view sky," Musk explained. The device's technology is advanced enough to find the signal on its own, users will not have to figure out where the Starlink constellation might be nor adjust the terminal as it moves through the sky, it would automatically move itself.  He also said that setting up the Starlink network would be relatively easy. The user would just plug it into electricity and point it at the sky or vice-versa, with "No training required."

 

Today (June 19), a Reddit user shared a collection of photographs that reveal how SpaceX’s Starlink user terminal looks like. The photos are from a location at Merrillan, WI, that appears to be a SpaceX ground base station to receive Starlink’s signal. The ‘UFO’ terminals have a label that reads “Property of SpaceX – Prototype.”

Credit: r/darkpenguin22 via Reddit

"Starlink Terminal has motors to self-adjust optimal angle to view sky. Instructions are simply: plug in socket, point at sky. These instructions work in either order. No training required." -Elon Musk

All Images Credit: r/darkpenguin22 via Reddit

In March, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized SpaceX to operate as many as 1 million Starlink terminal units to receive internet connectivity. According to the FCC authorization, the terminal is 0.48 meters in diameter, which is equivalent to about 19 inches. The document also details that the date of “completion, construction, and commencement of operation is Saturday, March 13, 2021.” SpaceX aims to begin offering internet services in parts of the Northern United States and Canada this year and global coverage until 2021. SpaceX recently submitted an application to offer Starlink broadband internet in Canada.

 

 

The company has not made public what the pricing for the service would be, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, previously told reporters – “All I know is you will be far happier with the value of the Starlink service than you are with your current service. You will, for sure, get way more bandwidth for the same price, or way more bandwidth for less…You’ll be far happier with this. The value will be far greater.”

* Edit: The company has deployed 540 satellites.

H/T @alexcatrey




Also in Tesmanian Blog

Test Production of Tesla Vehicles with New 4680 Battery Pack Has Already Begun
Test Production of Tesla Vehicles with New 4680 Battery Pack Has Already Begun

by Eva Fox September 27, 2020 0 Comments

Tesla already has battery cell packs that are installed in some Tesla vehicles and they have been on the road for several months now. 
Read More
A Tesla Rally Racing School & Resort Looks to Blend Rugged Fun with Tranquility
A Tesla Rally Racing School & Resort Looks to Blend Rugged Fun with Tranquility

by Eva Fox September 27, 2020 0 Comments

Several businessmen have teamed up to create something extraordinary: A Tesla Rally Racing School With Resort. In Mariposa, CA, about 35 miles west of Yosemite National Park's Arch Rock entrance, where there is no road—only dirt and trees, rocks and cows—Willie Morris, Gary Vaynerchuk, John Cahalin and David Taylorare planning a large-scale resort centered on an electric vehicle park and an off-road driving school.
Read More
Axiom will seal the deal with SpaceX & NASA for Tom Cruise's voyage to the Space Station
Axiom will seal the deal with SpaceX & NASA for Tom Cruise's voyage to the Space Station

by Evelyn Arevalo September 26, 2020 0 Comments

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise does not shy away from adventure. He is known for performing his own stunts in action films. He is now preparing to film a movie in outer space.
Read More

Previous  / Next