SpaceX Developing Starlink Dish for Even Harsher Environments, Shows Filing

With a total of 1,469 Starlink satellites in orbit and laser links between them set to activate soon, SpaceX is also developing an updated dish interface for use in extreme conditions, as shown in a new filing.

SpaceX is hoping to “ruggedize” a new generation of Starlink dishes for use on building exteriors in harsh temperatures, according to a filing made to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by SpaceX on Friday (via PCMag).

In the filing, SpaceX says the unit will include “features that ruggedize the unit for use in harsh environments.” SpaceX continued, “Granting this application would serve the public interest by authorizing a new class of ground-based component for SpaceX’s satellite system that will enhance the range of broadband capabilities available throughout the United States —and most particularly, to those in challenging environments where ruggedization is appropriate.”

The filing refers to the technology as an HP Starlink dish and includes a similar description to SpaceX’s dish proposed to the FCC last year for use in moving applications like planes, cars and boats.

Despite the similarities to the mobile dish, this filing is specifically for a stationary dish that will be able to operate in more extreme temperatures – with the current dish operating in temperatures between -22 degrees and 122 degrees Fahrenheit.