SpaceX Starlink Website Removes Mention of ‘Beta’; Chip Shortage Causing Delays
SpaceX confirmed plans to launch a non-beta release of Starlink in September, set to happen by the end of this month – despite some delays.
The Starlink website has officially ditched the term “Beta,” and has instead added information about the company facing delays, due to the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage (via PCMag). The company has also added a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section detailing different information about the delays.
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In response to when customers will receive their dishes, Starlink writes, “Silicon shortages have delayed production which has impacted our ability to fulfill orders. Please visit your Account page for the most recent estimate on when you can expect your order to be fulfilled.”
SpaceX announced in September that it was making 5,000 Starlink dishes per week, just as the company’s pre-orders surpassed 600,000.
Those wanting to order Starlink hardware now can expect delays of several months, with some regions seeing orders pushed back as far as late 2022 or early 2023.
In August, SpaceX had shipped 100,000 total Starlink terminals, though at just 5,000 dishes per week, it’s going to take a while for the company to get caught up with the current demand.
Last month, Elon Musk also confirmed that SpaceX was talking to airlines about using Starlink.