SpaceX has received FCC approval for two new Starlink Receivers.
In a previous story: SpaceX Files With FCC For New Smaller “Version 2” Starlink Receivers, we covered the original FCC filling and the details of these new Starlink dishes. We also went into details on the size differences on these new dishes compared to current hardware, and possible performance compromises in relation to their size.
The Starlink FCC hardware filling includes a "New HP" receiver (22.4" x 14.7") that is slightly larger than the current standard dish, but smaller than the current HP Dish. The 2nd dish is a smaller "Mini" receiver (11.4" x 9.8") that is about half the size of the standard dish
The new hardware versions were filed under the names UT3-V1 "New HP" & UT3-V2 "Mini".
In the FCC filing, the "Mini" dish is suggested as being portable and will "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.”
SpaceX has received FCC approvals for both new hardware versions, but for fixed location use only. There is a separate filing for in motion use (with opposition) that will need to be approved before these can officially be used in motion similar to the current Flat HP Dish.
We don't know exactly when the new hardware will be released, but we expect fairly soon to at least see a select group of people being offered this new hardware as "Beta" testers in limited numbers before becoming widely available to the general public.
It isn't clear yet if these new dishes will become replacement hardware for current offerings or be offered as additional offerings. It is likely though that we expect the latest Starlink Gen 3 router to be the standard router offered with both of these hardware options.
Key Mobile Internet Related Considerations:
- Two new Starlink receivers have received FCC approval for fixed location use only
- The "New HP" hardware is slightly larger than the current Standard Dish, but smaller than the Flat HP Dish
- The "Mini" hardware is smaller than the standard dish and roughly similar in size to a MacBook
- It is likely the latest Gen 3 router to be the standard router released with this hardware
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