Musk said this on Twitter on Tuesday, along with new images of the receiver that SpaceX is refining for use with its receiver, which is expected to offer services in the northern United States and Canada later this year.
“The Starlink terminal has motors that self-align for an optimal viewing angle. No experienced installer is required,” Musk tweeted. “Just plug it in and give it a clear view of the sky. Can be pretty much anywhere in the garden, on the roof, on the table, as long as it has a wide view of the sky.”
The small satellite dish was called “UFO-on-a-Stick” for obvious reasons. It appears to be smaller than the dishes used for many other satellite services that often require professional installation and orientation.
SpaceX already operates over 500 of the orbiting routers as part of its grand plan to eventually launch tens of thousands of small satellites to cover the earth with broadband access.
It has been a controversial project since the bright reflection of the satellites began to affect astronomers’ work almost immediately after Starlink was first launched. The company is now planningthat reduces their brightness.
An exact launch date for the service has not yet been announced, but a website is already active and is collecting emails from potential customers. Musk says that “ordering on Starlink.com will take less than a minute when it goes live.”