SpaceX has unveiled a next-generation satellite dish for its Starlink Internet service. The square-shaped device is much lighter and more compact than the previous model, weighing only 4 kilos as compared to the first-generation satellite dish that weighs about 7 kilos and is round-shaped.
The new satellite dish features a 3x3 MU-MIMO router that can transmit data through three bandwidth streams to three different devices at the same time, without overloading the network. The original dish had a 2x2 MU-MIMO router.
Starlink customers can expect download speeds from 100Mbps to 200Mbps, with latency in most locations as low as 20ms.
The kit currently costs $499. The company also charges $99 monthly for satellite Internet services.
Both generations of Starlink satellite dishes can operate in temperatures that range from -30 to +50 degrees Celsius. Network performance may become slightly degraded at extremely low or high temperatures.