These last few weeks may have been uneventful for SpaceX fans as satellite launches and Starship testing kept getting postponed. Thankfully to cheer us up, plenty of Starlink news has recently been revealed.
Over the course of July 13 and 14, SpaceX sent out emails to those who applied for Starlink public beta testing, asking for home addresses. Currently, there is no exact date for when the public beta will begin, other than the summer of 2020. However, these emails are a clear indication that we will not have to wait much longer.
UFO on a stick aka Starlink user terminal looks beautiful pic.twitter.com/1aog0FS1jq
— Viv ? (@flcnhvy) July 14, 2020
Furthermore, official Starlink terminal renders have been released. As Elon Musk mentioned, the design is similar to “a UFO on a stick.” Musk goes on to specify that the terminal will be self-oriented by electric motors to always have the optimal connection with the Starlink satellites. This may sound complicated, but the installation process is quite simple. Just plug in and go!
Starlink terminal has motors to self-orient for optimal view angle. No expert installer required. Just plug in & give it a clear view of the sky. Can be in garden, on roof, table, pretty much anywhere, so long as it has a wide view of the sky.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 14, 2020
As a bonus, below is an exclusive look of the Starlink terminal boxes. This video affirms that Starlink private beta testing has begun for SpaceX employees.