SpaceX’s Vice President of Starlink, Jonathan Hofeller, announced that the company is no longer incurring losses from producing Starlink terminals. This development comes as a result of increasing production and expanding its services. The activation of Starlink in 2019 marked the launch of the first 60 satellites.
Hofeller emphasized that the mass production of terminals has played a crucial role in the success of Starlink. The company had previously been subsidizing the cost of antennas, but due to significant improvements in terminal production, they are no longer required to do so.
Initially, the cost of manufacturing a Starlink antenna unit was approximately $3,000. However, by early 2021, SpaceX had managed to reduce the cost to around $1,300 per unit. Although this amount is still double the price paid by consumers ($599), it is an indication that SpaceX is making progress.
SpaceX has been focused on scalability across its various endeavors, similar to Elon Musk’s other ventures. While Tesla is often associated with scaling to achieve profitability, SpaceX is also aiming for the same outcome. The company turned a profit in Q1 2023.
The Starlink program has been a significant financial investment for SpaceX. Elon Musk previously stated that the program had a long way to go before becoming financially viable. However, with multiple Starlink launches happening each month and over 5,000 satellites currently in orbit, the program continues to expand its reach and provide high-speed internet to people worldwide.
Furthermore, Starlink has proven instrumental in supporting relief efforts during natural disasters. SpaceX sent over 650 Starlink kits to more than 40 organizations to aid recovery efforts after the recent wildfires in Hawaii.
Overall, the updated news from SpaceX indicates that the company has achieved stability with its Starlink production, highlighting the progress made in reducing costs and increasing profitability.