TRENDING NOW: NASA's new James Webb Space Telescope photographs UFOs

Elon Musk claims Starlink 2.0 is 'an order of magnitude more capable'

Elon Musk has revealed some of the specifications and capabilities of the next generation of Starlink satellites in an interview.

@AdamHuntTT
Published Jun 2, 2022 4:01 AM CDT   |   Updated Thu, Jun 23 2022 2:44 AM CDT

Elon Musk explained some of the specifications and capabilities of the next generation of Starlink satellites during a tour of Starbase with Tim Dodd from the Everyday Astronaut YouTube channel.

Musk revealed that SpaceX has already developed at least one working prototype Starlink Gen 2 satellite, which is currently at the Starbase facility in Texas, and discusses details in the above video from the 9:24 mark. He stressed that Starship needs to get to orbit and that it will be "the only thing that can carry the Starlink 2 satellites."

Musk explained that Starlink Gen 2 satellites are 7 meters long (23 feet), weigh about 1.25 tons (2756 pounds), and "are almost an order of magnitude more capable than Starlink 1" in terms of how much useful data they can handle. For comparison, Starlink 1 satellites only weigh about 260 kilograms, almost 21% as much as Starlink 2 will.

According to Musk, the Falcon spacecraft have "neither the volume nor mass to orbit capability required for Starlink 2," meaning SpaceX cannot use it to launch enough Starlink Gen2 satellites to orbit in a reasonable timeframe. To be able to launch enough of the next-generation satellites on each flight and per year, Musk said that the company needs "Starship to work and to fly frequently or Starlink 2 will be stuck on the ground."

Adam's Top 3 Recommended Articles:

Read more: The Milky Way may have four 'malicious extraterrestrial civilizations'

Read more: 3,400-year-old city from ancient empire revealed as river level drops

Read more: China just found a massive uranium deposit, increasing their stock 10x

Elon Musk claims Starlink 2.0 is 'an order of magnitude more capable' 02 | TweakTown.com

Adam grew up watching his dad play Turok 2 and Age of Empires on a PC in his computer room, and learned a love for video games through him. Adam was always working with computers, which helped build his natural affinity for working with them, leading to him building his own at 14, after taking apart and tinkering with other old computers and tech lying around. Adam has always been very interested in STEM subjects, and is always trying to learn more about the world and the way it works.

Newsletter Subscription

Related Tags

Newsletter Subscription
Latest News
View More News
Latest Reviews
View More Reviews
Latest Articles
View More Articles