SpaceX Completing Starlink Dish Factory

SpaceX is completing a Texas Starlink factory that is 521,000 square feet and cost $43,000,000.

The SpaceX factory is designed for high volume manufacturing. It is to make millions of consumer facing devices. The Starlink Kit and include the antenna (or dish) that connects to the satellites, Wi-Fi routers and antenna mounting hardware.

SpaceX recently surpassed 1.5 million Starlink customers. Ramping dish production to 1-2 million per month to rapidly capture those customers is the only factor preventing SpaceX Starlink from getting to $30-60 billion per year in revenue early in 2024.

If SpaceX is able to increase Starlink satellite dish production to 500,000 dishes per month by September, 2023 then they could make 1 million in first half of 2023 and 2 million in the second half. This would nearly double the 2023 revenue projection for Starlink over Payload Space.

SpaceX might eventually make text and voice cellphones from the factory. This would be for direct cellphone communication with the new Gen 2 satellites.

This is about a $3B per year revenue runrate.

Two major communication lines of business starting this year. Starshield and Direct to Cellphone via Gen 2 satellites. Monthly dish production is the limiting factor on Starlink revenue. 4% of the orbiting satellites provide service to 80% of the Starlink customers who are in North America. The current orbital satellites can support 20 million global customers. Doubling the orbital bandwidth in 2023. 40 million serviceable capacity by the end of 2023.

Boring tunnels have been dug at the Starlink Site and connects the factory with the Boring company head quarters.

2 thoughts on “SpaceX Completing Starlink Dish Factory”

  1. More articles on Starship,and stage zero. Seems like Elon saying two months might turn out to be accurate, instead of Elon time.
    Nasa administrator says Moon landing in 2023,which seems wildly optimistic,but maybe not. They just have to be able to hit the Moon. I would have thought they would do the free return trip first.
    I really like the engineering of the pad, blast deflector and water deluge ,and this next SS will be better engineered, should make it to orbit. They’ll get the permit with a better flight termination system.
    Brian,I assume you are a stockholder, must be exciting.

    • Consider that the first launch used Raptor version 1 engines and they are testing version 3 engines on the stand… which implies that they have some version 2 engines to get rid of.

      Important to remember that while Starship was doing its testing thing that stage 1 was also making progress.

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