SpaceX Plans New Starlink ‘Dishy’ Sizes, Offering Two New Designs
SpaceX has submitted a pair of applications to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use two new ESIM User Terminals, as noted on Tuesday by @Nathan Owens.
In the filing SpaceX writes that “Version 1 of SpaceX Services’ new fixed user terminals will offer a high-performance solution for consumers that improves upon SpaceX Services’ previously authorized fixed user terminal models.”
Similarly, “Version 2 of SpaceX Services’ new fixed user terminals will leverage a smaller form factor than Version 1 to allow consumers to enjoy the benefits of high-speed, low-latency broadband wherever they live or work, including in rural and remote areas where mobile or portable applications are necessary.”
The filing shows that versions 1 and 2 included in the application are slightly different sizes than the current V3 square dish terminal. While version 2 is much smaller at 0.29 by 0.25 meters (11.4 x 9.8 inches), version 1 is larger than the V3 dish, measuring roughly 0.57 by 0.36 meters (22.5 by 14.2 inches).
The image above shared with Tesla North by Owens, shows what a ‘mini’ Dishy and the new larger rectangular Dishy design looks like, when compared to existing Dishy sizes.
Version 2 is very small! Only 0.29 x 0.25m, or 11.4 x 9.9in!
Version 1 is larger than the current V3 square dishy at 22.5 x 14.2in — dishy v3 is 18.9 x 11.42in https://t.co/PX1zmtItd7 pic.twitter.com/pCGlemzw4Q
— Nathan Owens (@VirtuallyNathan) March 1, 2023
The news comes just a month after SpaceX was approved by the FCC to test larger, next-generation Starlink dishes, and just a few weeks after the company requested to upgrade its current first-generation satellites.
SpaceX is also testing a new global roaming service priced at $200 per month, as shared with customers in a recent email.