Elon Musk reveals the technical details of the second generation of Starlink satellites

During a recent tour of Starbase, the Starship launch pad and its Super Heavy booster rocket, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed the first technical details of the second generation of Starlink satellites. According to the billionaire, “Gen2” will significantly outperform the current lineup in almost every way.

Elon Musk reveals the technical details of the second generation
Elon Musk during a recent Starbase tour. At the time, the businessman revealed some details about the second generation Starlink satellites. Image: Everyday Astronaut – YouTube Reproduction

Each Starlink Gen2/V2.0 satellite will weigh about 1.25 tons and be about seven meters long, according to Musk. The first generation Starlink V1.0 and V1.5 satellites weigh around 260 and 310 kg respectively. This means that the new satellites will be almost five times larger than the V1.0 satellites and four times larger than the V1.5 satellites.

He also claimed that the V2.0 satellites will be “almost an order of magnitude more capable” than the Gen 1 ones, but did not mention any numbers. Starlink V1.0 satellites are believed to have a total bandwidth of 18 gigabits per second (18 Gbps), and V1.5 a bit more.

Rumors suggest that it is possible for each V2.0 satellite to add around 140-160 Gbps to the Starlink megaconstellation.

Combined with the fact that the Starship could potentially deliver around 10 times more satellite launch performance than the Falcon 9, a single super-rocket mission could theoretically increase the total array capacity by around twenty times that of current launch vehicles.

For example, each Falcon 9 launch of 60 60kg Starlink V1.0 satellites added approximately 1080 Gbps of instantaneous bandwidth to the constellation. A Starship launch of 120 Starlink V2.0 satellites weighing 1250 kg could add around 19,000 Gbps (19 terabits per second).

A constellation of 30,000 Starlink V2.0 satellites – if evenly spaced around Earth – could have a total bandwidth of around 1250 terabits per second (Tbps) available on the planet (excluding Antarctica) at any point. what a second. This means that Starlink ‘Gen2’ could serve hundreds of millions of users located all over the world.

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