Starlink, news in orbit and on the ground: launch of 53 satellites on 13/11 and square dish

There is news about Starlink, the satellite internet service of SpaceX that brings broadband even in rural and more remote areas of the Earth, as well as alternative – expensive, v. prices for Italy – to the more “traditional” solutions. First of all the launches resume : the last dates back to a couple of months ago, when they were put into orbit 51 satellites, while the previous ones date back to the end of June. To see the Falcon 9 take off you will have to wait until 10: 31 Italian time : the rocket will start from the Space Launch Complex 40 of Cape Canaveral with on board 50 new generation satellites (those with built-in laser).

The same booster will be used. Crew Demo-2 and other missions (four of which also from Starlink). Once separated, the first stage will land (hopefully, given the previous ones) on the drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas positioned in the Atlantic Ocean. The live broadcast can be followed by the link below:


Meanwhile SpaceX proposes a new square-shaped satellite dish for its customers, which joins the existing circular one, without however replacing it. The choice is therefore expanded and enriched with a thinner and lighter solution ( 4.2kg against 7.3kg of the circular dish. The difference lies not only in the shape, but also in the router, now 3×3 MU-MIMO and without integrated ethernet port (the adapter is now offered separately).

In the image below you will find all the main technical characteristics of both versions.

SpaceX e Vodafone, accordo in vista per la banda larga con Starlink

Mobile 26 Oct

Starlink arriva in Italia in quantità limitate

Mobile 15 Set

Musk vs Bezos, la battaglia legale su Starlink si fa sempre più aspra

Economy and market 10 Set

SpaceX Starlink ancora in crescita: 100.000 terminali consegnati

Mobile 24 Needle

SpaceX specifies that the square dish will initially only be available in the United States, but it cannot be ruled out that the offer may soon be extended to other markets, including Italy.

We remind you that Starlink offers a data connection between 100 And 200 Mbps (potential, actual are between 50 And 150 Mbps) with latency up to 15 ms. Navigation speed and latency will progressively improve as SpaceX launches more satellites, installs more stations and optimizes network software. In August the threshold of was exceeded 100. 000 devices delivered worldwide. In Italy the hardware costs 499 euro , while the subscription requires the payment of 99 euro each month .


HOURS 13: 10

Due to bad weather, the launch was postponed to tomorrow, 13 November, at 13: 19 Italian time.

Standing down from today’s launch due to weather. Forecast improves to 80% favorable for tomorrow’s launch opportunity at 7: 19 am EST

– SpaceX (@SpaceX) November 12, 2021

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