SpaceX’s Starlink service, owned by Elon Musk, introduced its third-generation hardware for connecting to its satellite internet at the end of the week. The devices that customers must purchase when setting up the service have undergone several improvements and significant changes.
The biggest change is the phased array antenna, which will be slightly larger and will no longer have the motorization feature that was previously typical. This feature allowed for autonomous adjustment of the antenna’s position in relation to the sky to ensure optimal communication with space.
This new hardware will not be immediately available to all customers, but the first customers are already receiving it. With the third-generation hardware, Starlink aims to provide users with faster and more reliable internet connectivity.
It is important to note that Starlink’s satellite internet service operates by deploying a large constellation of small low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, which aim to provide internet coverage to even the most remote areas of the planet. With the new hardware, Starlink’s network is expected to expand and provide improved coverage to more users.
The phased array antenna is a key component in the connection between the user’s terminal and the satellites in space. It uses electronic beam steering to establish and maintain a link, even as the satellites move across the sky. This feature allows for a more stable and consistent internet connection, regardless of the user’s location.
Overall, SpaceX’s introduction of the third generation of hardware for its Starlink service is a significant step forward in improving global internet connectivity. As the network continues to expand and evolve, more users will be able to benefit from reliable and high-speed internet access, regardless of their location.