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Starlink terminal costs revealed

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Apr 11th, 2021 at 11:45am  
During recent LEO Digital forum at SATELLITE 2021, the COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell, reported that there were about 1320 Starlink satellites in orbit right now, each weighing 260kg. They don't yet have inter-satellite links, which are planned for future satellites, so at the moment ground earth station gateways need to be used which limits customer sites to circles around each gateway.

User terminal costs were revealed.  The manufacturing cost per terminal has been reduced to under $1500. Starlink is subsidising the deliveries, charging Beta users only $500.  As quantities build up the manufacturing costs should come down to just a few $100.

The 20 million rural households in the US are a target market.

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