Starlink is SpaceX's 30.000-satellite low earth orbit constellation to provide global broadband Internet access.
The mass-produced spacecraft carry a communications payload using the Ku, Ka and E frequency bands. The satellites will employ optical inter-satellite links and phased array beam forming and digital processing technologies.
The second generation of Starlink satellites are significantly larger and more capable compared to those of the first generation.
Reportedly these satellites will have a length of 7 m and width of 3.5 m and a mass of about 1200 kg. This makes Starship the only launch vehicle for the second generation satellites. Earlier smaller satellites, fitting either to the 1st generation form factor or a double first generation form factore were envisaged which can also been launched on Falcon-9 rockets.
There are several groups of sub constellations:
Note: This article will be updated when further information becomes available, especially which form factors are being used.
Note: The satellites are designated with individual non-consecutive numbers. Due to this and the large number of satellite, on this website the satellites will be designated by a prefix flight number and a number in catalog order to keep the lists manageable. Individual proper names are given in parentheses.
|Type / Application:
|Ku/Ka/E-band payload, optical inter-satellite link
|Argon ion thrusters
|Solar arrays, batteries
|~1200 kg ?
|550 km × 550 km, 53° (typical)
|Starlink v2.0 Gx-x-1
|with Starlink v2.0 Gx-x-1, ..., Gx-x-xx