SpaceX will release a portable Starlink Mini Dish antenna that can be carried in a backpack

SpaceX will release a portable Starlink Mini Dish antenna that can be carried in a backpack

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the company will release a portable version of the Starlink Mini Dish satellite dish in the coming months. According to him, the antenna will be small enough to fit in a backpack. Musk also talked about the upcoming cellular service Starlink, which will provide bandwidth of 7 Mbps.

“Later this year, we’ll be introducing the Starlink Mini, which fits in a backpack,” – said Musk in an interview with SpaceX employees, reports PC Mag.

Back in September 2023, the Federal Communications Commission approved SpaceX’s application to power the Starlink Mini Dish the size of a MacBook laptop, but there is currently no new information about the new product. Nothing is known about the features of the Starlink Mini Dish or its price. Musk noted that this model “for those who need a very portable Starlink”.

The head of SpaceX also talked about the new-generation Starlink Dish antenna, for which pre-orders opened back in November. The price is the same as the current second-generation antenna ($599), but it is cheaper to manufacture.

“We are already supplying devices of the new generation. This is the fourth version of the user terminal, which allows us to reduce the cost of Starlink.” – said Elon Musk.

It used to cost the company $3,000 to produce a Starlink terminal, but the company is constantly reducing production costs. Musk announced the opening of a new Starlink plant in Texas, which will produce new generation terminals.

SpaceX is also working on the Starlink Direct to Cell (DTC) service, which allows data to be transmitted to ordinary phones, ensuring connectivity even in the most remote regions. The company recently demonstrated the success of the technology by enabling SMS messaging between unmodified smartphones using the recently launched Starlink Direct to Cell satellites.

We previously reported that SpaceX Starlink’s competitor, satellite internet operator HughesNet, has begun offering customers a 100 Mbps plan cheaper than Starlink. This became possible after the launch of the Jupiter 3 communications satellite into high geostationary orbit in July.

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