Starlink Teardown: DISHY DESTROYED!

In this video, I do a full, destructive teardown and light analysis of Dishy - the Starlink User Terminal (dish). This is the first full teardown, so I'm really pleased that I get to be the first to share this with the world. Huge kudos to the Starlink team - this is incredible work, and it must feel great to know that users are finally getting their hands on it.
This video was shot/edited quickly, so please forgive the quality. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below, or hit me up on Twitter - I'm @kenkeiter.
STARLINK/SPACEX TEAM: If you have any concerns - including about the way I'm portraying your hardware, or incorrect details - please feel free to reach out to me directly! I have nothing but respect for the work you've done here. Leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. Also: I'm sorry for the massacre here - I didn't have the right tools to do this teardown as cleanly as I wanted to, and a piece of technology this nice deserves better treatment.
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📺 MEDIA COVERAGE
- www.businessinsider.com/spacex-starlink-satellite-dish-user-terminal-cost-stmelectronics-outsource-manufacturer-2020-11
- hackaday.com/2020/11/25/literally-tearing-apart-a-spacex-starlink-antenna/
- arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/12/teardown-of-dishy-mcflatface-the-spacex-starlink-user-terminal/
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🔬 RESEARCH
- This paper (bit.ly/3fzcZ8g) describes the design and optimization of the circularly polarized slot patch antenna extremely similar to the ones in the video.
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🔧 CORRECTIONS
** Accuracy of the information presented here is important to me! ** I'll be maintaining the following list of corrections + additional info from viewers (prefixed by the name or username of the viewer):
- [@kenkeiter] Self-correction: I mentioned a high-power version of the PoE standard - this would not be IEEE 802.3at, but instead IEEE 802.3bt.
- [Doug Mohney] Starlink satellites are not technically Cubesats - which would imply that they're built to a specific standard. Optical crosslinks are not in v1.0 Starlink satellites.
- [@TMFAssociates] RF frequencies as stated are incorrect. They should be 10.7-12.7GHz Rx and 14.0-14.5GHz Tx.
- [Aaron Huslage] This is not FR4, but probably Rogers RO4000-series material or something with a low Dk.
- [nraynaud1] kindly reminded me that a differential gear configuration allows us to infer control of both azimuth AND elevation (🤦‍♂️), which I have verified with a bench power supply. Although Dishy currently only controls elevation, a future Dishy update should allow it to point any direction it pleases 📡
- [Ergzay] corrects the above correction (lol) and says that Dishy is _currently_ capable of changing its azimuth and elevation - a behavior I hadn't previously seen. The more you know 🌈
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💬 SUGGESTIONS
The accuracy of these suggestions can't be verified yet, but I'm sharing them here for everybody:
- [Marcel Dejean] LO_CLK would be local oscillator clock - the reference clock for the RF oscillator's phase locked loop.
- [Oleg Kutkov] Those copper elements above antenna patches look like a polarizer to me. Starlink uses circular polarization waves and these are probably the elements that "convert" circular wave to linear and vice versa.
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✏️ IC MARKINGS
** Chip markings that were not legible in the video ** (where '/' denotes a new line)
- the smaller ICs that I'm calling "phase shifters" or "switchers" are marked: "GLL / AA62 / 946P / AEBJ"
- the larger IC that I suspect is an integrated RF frontend: "VQ944833 / GLLBSUABBBA / HPAPUKOR GL"
- the IC that I refer to as a "clock distribution amplifier": "GLLBLU / HPAQR VQ / KOR 006 / ACBF (e2)"
- the "application processor" or "RFIC": "GLLCC0CA6BF"

Ummæli

  1. Terry Pullen

    Terry Pullen4 dögum síðan

    Just a guess but I think what we are seeing here is similar to phased array radar like you might find in advanced aircraft like a modern fighter. That would mean that Starlink didn't invent the technology but borrowed it from somebody like Raytheon.

  2. Tom Hoflich

    Tom Hoflich4 dögum síðan

    Can’t believe I watched the whole video. Fascinating! Well done with lots of drama. My starlink will arrive in the next two or three weeks. Thanks to you I will not be tempted to take mine apart. I bet one way or the other you will be made whole. If nothing else this was great job interview. Thanks.

  3. twigglykevin

    twigglykevin4 dögum síðan

    looks like chinesium junk that MIGHT last 2 canadian winters if your lucky

  4. Adrian

    Adrian5 dögum síðan

    The dish cost around $1500 so are you still paying your monthly subscription to pay back spacex for the cost of the dish

  5. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    @Adrian 😎

  6. Adrian

    Adrian5 dögum síðan

    @Ken Keiter I'm in the UK and actually and if someone did that here spacex could have that Pearson charged with obtaining goods by deception, thieves will all way try and justify there actions

  7. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    @Adrian Lol, no. It’s not theft. A company sold a device which they valued at $500. I paid that cost, at which point - and within the bounds of any agreement with Starlink - the product was mine to do with what I wished. If they didn’t want me to cancel the service, or if there was some notion of the “full value” of the device, they would have made that contractually binding. Also, the folks that have contacted me from SpaceX said the video was useful to them as well - so we’ll consider it even ;)

  8. Adrian

    Adrian5 dögum síðan

    @Ken Keiter if you had no intention of using it and paying a subscription then most would say your a thief and most would ban you for life from starlink. Spacex will just smile because the theft was so small but shame on you.

  9. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    ​@Adrian The dish costs $1500-2000 to build. The dish is sold to every customer for $500. So if a consumer opts not to use the dish, or cancels their contract prematurely, the remainder of the actual manufacturing cost of the dish would be paid by Starlink (and likely written off on their taxes).

  10. David A Isom

    David A Isom7 dögum síðan

    This is amazing . Fantastic work ! Thank you for your tremendous effort in detailing what you found, before I watched this I was already super impressed with everything I have gleaned about starlink. Now I am in awe. I can’t wait to get mine . I live in Valencia Spain and really excited about the whole project . Thanks David . Ps a a different subject do you think dishy moves around continuously or are the motors mainly for initial orientation ?

  11. Soul Sherlock

    Soul Sherlock8 dögum síðan

    "uh" count: 67 "um" count : 83 I'm sorry i have no life i had to

  12. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    Printing this comment so I can have it framed 😂 I appreciate your diligence.

  13. goodmaninabadtime117

    goodmaninabadtime1178 dögum síðan

    Is it possible to disconnect the power cable on the dish end where it goes into the pole?

  14. goodmaninabadtime117

    goodmaninabadtime1175 dögum síðan

    @Ken Keiter I am talking about just disconnecting on the dish end in case of bad weather. So I can take it in the house. Currently I am just sticking this in the yard on a tripod.

  15. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    It is not. If you want to get the cable into the house without a large hole, you'll need to splice it.

  16. elkvis

    elkvis8 dögum síðan

    Any chance you feel like sending me your drive motors? My dishy fell off my deck in high winds, and broke at least one of the motors. I haven't opened it up yet, but I'm guessing the big gear on one of the motors is broken or stripped. My dishy still works, and I have internet service, but I have to manually position it. It would be super cool if you could send me your motors, since you destroyed your dishy for the greater good. I'd be happy to pay shipping.

  17. Dr. Suds

    Dr. Suds9 dögum síðan

    Why do I get the feeling Tesla probably didn't appreciate this at all. But this was an AWESOME video! Ty for that.

  18. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    Actually someone from SpaceX reached out to me on LinkedIn the other day to tell me that their engineering team used my video as a reference internally :D

  19. Dr. Suds

    Dr. Suds9 dögum síðan

    I wonder if the substrate would come off if you cooked a pizza on it?

  20. Cashpot

    Cashpot9 dögum síðan

    BSB in the UK used a phased array some 25 years ago. Operating in the Ku band it was a flat aerial (a "squarial") used for reception from the Marco Polo satellite. Worked well too - I still have one in may back garden.

  21. windogwow

    windogwow9 dögum síðan

    The isolation foam around GPS could be used to prevent the frequency interference between the “reference signal” of the dish which is normally provided by the GPS and other RF signal used for data.

  22. Hasan Khalid

    Hasan Khalid11 dögum síðan

    Thank you for your Tear Down video. Let's provided at your link from another Channel that I follow. Please moving forward get a better microphone, as watching a video using a headset is Ultra annoying as the echo from your walls in your computer room at the intro of this video.

  23. owen key

    owen key12 dögum síðan

    Great content, thanks!

  24. Adv. LORD VOLDEMORT

    Adv. LORD VOLDEMORT12 dögum síðan

    1st world problem

  25. Sebastian Carro

    Sebastian Carro12 dögum síðan

    Excellent. Thank you

  26. Aksel William Danenbarger

    Aksel William Danenbarger13 dögum síðan

    Space X and Tesla are cheering the same person that is an MATERIAL EXPERT.

  27. Aksel William Danenbarger

    Aksel William Danenbarger13 dögum síðan

    You are right about the vacuum light speed, but the starlink satellite are not taking that advantage. Since the satellites are in low lanes it's still in the atmosphere.

  28. Nathan L

    Nathan L14 dögum síðan

    Was hoping you would dump the flash on it. Would love to see someone go through it.

  29. muhammad hamzah

    muhammad hamzah15 dögum síðan

    Are these tech is similar to the one find in AESA radar on modern jets? If it is these sure is an expensive dish theyre making

  30. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    It is - very similar.

  31. GroovyVideo2

    GroovyVideo217 dögum síðan

    Well done - Thanks

  32. Kye Schlott

    Kye Schlott17 dögum síðan

    I hope you don't get your hands on anyone's Tesla!! 🤣🤣🤣

  33. TSM- Mohandas-Gandhi

    TSM- Mohandas-Gandhi17 dögum síðan

    🛳🛶🚀🎹🤹‍♂️🤹‍♂️🤹‍♂️🤹‍♂️🏅🏋️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  34. Phone Guru

    Phone Guru19 dögum síðan

    Toooooooo muuuuch talk.

  35. Kirburator

    Kirburator19 dögum síðan

    I appreciate the teardown but too much speculation on the function blocks.

  36. Giovanni Hynson

    Giovanni Hynson20 dögum síðan

    Surprised Elon didn't pull an Apple and tried to sue you for tampering with their equipment.

  37. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    It's not theirs once you buy it. You can legally disassemble pretty much anything you own.

  38. ramosel

    ramosel23 dögum síðan

    Bummer... I was really hoping to find a modular connector within the mounting stalk so the cable could be disconnected. Have you looked into what is in the stalk? From their "user install-able" push... if you do have a warranty replacement issue, pulling and rerouting 100ft of cable through a home could be a real PITA.

  39. ramosel

    ramosel5 dögum síðan

    @Ken Keiter Agreed, Have you by any chance cut the cable to see if it is just a shielded 22ga Cat6 cable or is there something else being used to carry the wattage. I do have mine installed now and dropped the cable into the attic and used all but 5 feet getting it to my TE closet. if I ever do have to replace the dish it will get a double ended waterproof enclosure in the attic. It'll be interesting to see someone else tear one down in a year or two and see how it's made at that time. Often when products age they get better, sometimes they just get cheaper.

  40. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    Yeah; to be honest, I would suggest cutting the cable and punching it into an (appropriately weatherized) keystone jack for more permanent installations.

  41. Naiyim's Garage

    Naiyim's Garage23 dögum síðan

    it is very interesting and thank you for information

  42. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    Glad you liked it!

  43. Narayan Prasad

    Narayan Prasad24 dögum síðan

    Starlink satellites are not cubesats. Most cubesats are under 30kg and Starlink satellites have been reported to be well over a refrigerator size making it much bigger than 100kg satellite.

  44. Out in the boondocks

    Out in the boondocks24 dögum síðan

    Thanks for destroying one so I don't have too!

  45. Eric Duke

    Eric Duke26 dögum síðan

    I wanna see AVE do a teardown...

  46. Kenlwallace

    Kenlwallace27 dögum síðan

    This is staggering stuff period ... and for only $500 ... amazing !

  47. marshfield01

    marshfield0128 dögum síðan

    watching dishy die on my dishy.

  48. TheLawless

    TheLawless28 dögum síðan

    Looks more like Stainless Steel...

  49. Cold Steel Tree Removal

    Cold Steel Tree Removal28 dögum síðan

    "This comment was censored by ISboth for your protection." We as a mega monolithic company must not allow free thought or exchange thereof.

  50. Teemu M.

    Teemu M.29 dögum síðan

    3:02 phased antenna, which coordinates the waves or the delay of the waves,

  51. Philip Grice

    Philip GriceMánuði síðan

    I wish the speaker would engage his brain before putting his mouth in gear. Far too many er, er, er, er's and way too much repetitious talking. He said nothing that wasn't obvious from just looking at the video. So, turn the sound of, skip through the video, looking at the pictures. Watch this 55 minute video in about 20 minutes. Done.

  52. Hugues Marceau

    Hugues MarceauMánuði síðan

    Hi Ken. Great video! I'd like to buy from you the parts of your teardown. Would that be possible?

  53. Joe

    JoeMánuði síðan

    Are you willing to part with the power brick mine is shot

  54. California Travel Videos

    California Travel VideosMánuði síðan

    Awesome review Ken - very informative! As an aside, I found this note on the Starlink website: "Your Starlink will detect and melt snow that falls directly on it, however accumulating snow around your Starlink may block the field of view." This is probably why the POE can deliver up to 90 Watts (probably far less when not deicing temperatures)

  55. Dave Storm

    Dave StormMánuði síðan

    Wow! I see why the price tag was high, now.

  56. Mark Hall

    Mark HallMánuði síðan

    The stacked antenna pads seem like an array of mini yagi antennas. This increases gain and reception while reducing off-axis interference. Most yagis have more elements, so I suspect it's not a lot of additional gain/rejection. But if it's steering the signal with controlled interference/coherence, having that extra little bit of pattern control per element may reduce the power requirements for the transmit. The distance between the driven and reflecting elements matters based on the frequency in use. That's why those are very consistently spaced with the hex frames and fiberglass. Very interesting concept.

  57. ahuachapan2

    ahuachapan2Mánuði síðan

    Cool, you can download more RAM for your convenience.

  58. Kevenski latonyiu's

    Kevenski latonyiu'sMánuði síðan

    THANK. SO WE ALL DONT HAVE TO DO . BUT WHERe IS BIO-FEED TO BRAIN . One With The Nectar .One World .One Brain . Its God ness

  59. Crawling in Film

    Crawling in FilmMánuði síðan

    Verging on a meta material (but more macro)

  60. Crawling in Film

    Crawling in FilmMánuði síðan

    Staring at the regularly-spaced elements and imagining the sky constellation - Fractal thinking!

  61. dewrk

    dewrkMánuði síðan

    I GOT STARLINK AND ACCIDENTALLY MESSED UP THE CORD IN THE FIRST WEEK. STARLINK IS SENDING US A NEW CORD BUT IM CLUELESS AS TO HOW TO REPLACE THE EXISTING DAMAGED CORD WITH THE NEW ONE. PLEASE DO A VIDEO SHOWING ME, AND MANY MIRE WHO WILL DO THE SAME, HOW TO DO A REPLACEMENT JOB!!! Please

  62. fadingbeleifs

    fadingbeleifsMánuði síðan

    Regardless I do appreciate your openness, honesty, and acknowledgment of your faults and your taking the responsibility for them. The world would be a much better place if everyone did that and didn't take advantage of it.

  63. fadingbeleifs

    fadingbeleifsMánuði síðan

    Why are you apologizing for someone not being able to understand something so basic? It's not your fault, it's their fault.. we live in a country that graduates high school students that can't even read or do basic mathematics...

  64. Sadrho Gollsodia

    Sadrho GollsodiaMánuði síðan

    If they are worried about heat over the entire ethernst cable, then they should make the cable white in color.

  65. Kevin Ridley

    Kevin RidleyMánuði síðan

    Would love to know the exact guage of the cable coming into Dishy. Were you able to measure it?

  66. Jakub P.

    Jakub P.Mánuði síðan

    Found this chanel throug Linus Tech Tips. Thanks for showing us whats inside! :)

  67. DJ McNamer

    DJ McNamerMánuði síðan

    Now can you put it back together and see it still function?

  68. Гражданская журналистика

    Гражданская журналистикаMánuði síðan

    Thank you, I looked for this unpacking!))

  69. Harold Bradbury

    Harold BradburyMánuði síðan

    It's a patch, a phased array antenna. duh.

  70. snaplash

    snaplashMánuði síðan

    Is this the first widespread use of phased array tech for civilians?

  71. I Face

    I FaceMánuði síðan

    Great tear down and explanation Sat based phased arrays are coming fast to market with the MEO constellations and GEOs as well O3b mPower will be a fine piece of tech for MEOs in regards of high integration and phased arrays Airbus onesat is an example also for phased arrays on GEOs Unfortunately I don’t think you ll manage to get a sat payload to dig into ;) Starlink must have hired some radar engineers for this. The calibration aspect of the elements must be done prior to shipping and never done afterwards, hence the tech inside must be very reliable so that phase and amplitude of signals don’t shift over time Excellent vid!

  72. SVAdAstra

    SVAdAstraMánuði síðan

    The unexplained layered and separated copper hexagonal surfaces shown at the end of the video are RF-resonant cavities. They form both an antenna and a bandpass filter function for each cell. They cavities are vulnerable to being detuned by moisture-entrapment, so careful sealing, condensation prevention, and venting is a necessary part of the design. The dish's dissipation of 100 watts of heat, overall, is probably a critical part of condensation prevention in the cavities. If so, efforts to reduce power consumption will be problematic. In bigger and much more expensive phased-array designs, the cavities are charged with dry nitrogen, which must be periodically replenished; which isn't feasible for this consumer design. Consequently, those of us who would use the dish in a wet environment (like aboard a boat), with the hope of lower power consumption in future designs (100 watts is far too much power consumption aboard many cruising sailboats), may not ever have that wish fulfilled.

  73. Robert Reinman

    Robert ReinmanMánuði síðan

    Very impressive! I never thought so many IC's incorporated into the dish. Did a great job describing and tearing down Starlink dish

  74. pulesjet

    pulesjetMánuði síðan

    Each of the waffer layers is controlled by Phase.

  75. Tate Geiger

    Tate GeigerMánuði síðan

    thank you SO much for making this, this video was absolutely phenomenal and probably the best content I've seen in the last few months. The audio definitely wasn't amazing, but it was made up SO much more by what you showed us. Thank you!!

  76. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    Glad you enjoyed it!! :)

  77. ns

    nsMánuði síðan

    Look up SpaceX's patent: DISTRIBUTED PHASE SHIFTER ARRAY SYSTEM AND METHOD Applicant : Space Exploration Technologies Corp . Inventors : Shahrzad Jalali Mazlouman , Redmond , WA ( US ) ; Kim Schulze , Redmond , WA ( US )

  78. Nuke Mecca

    Nuke MeccaMánuði síðan

    Wouldn't it be funny if starlink sat's had super super high res hd cameras on them, and they all acted as one camera, to take pic's of china or russia :) and the military is using starlink as a cover... :)

  79. Jaim Diojtar

    Jaim DiojtarMánuði síðan

    wow we need a follow up video of this still you have to talk about the processor and the gps when they spy on us XD

  80. Jaim Diojtar

    Jaim DiojtarMánuði síðan

    pardon my ignorance what is RF reasons you say in the video?

  81. Rayneys Dad

    Rayneys DadMánuði síðan

    If I had to take a shot of whiskey every time you said Ahh, or Umm I would be a drunk puppy. I think we should call that the Ken Keiter challenge.

  82. trailtrash bob

    trailtrash bobMánuði síðan

    Do you think you could learn to finish a sentence .

  83. SoloSailor sv

    SoloSailor svMánuði síðan

    Easy SUBSCRIBED, tough subject, clearly explained Vertical VIAS - brilliant !! since FR4 doesn't carry those GHz well.

  84. Brian Phillips

    Brian PhillipsMánuði síðan

    Thanks for making this sacrifice for all of our good!!!

  85. Brian

    BrianMánuði síðan

    I agree. What a beautiful piece of hardware! When you decided to press forward with breaching that last sealed layer, it was both exciting and hard to watch. It was somewhere between the anticipation of Howard Cater's glimpse into the tomb, and a child using his pocket knife to carve around the edges of the Mona Lisa.

  86. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    Hahaha - yes, excellent description.

  87. Jeff Jenks

    Jeff JenksMánuði síðan

    In the opening sequence the audio is difficult to listen to due to room resonances; use a headset.

  88. Sydney Sall

    Sydney SallMánuði síðan

    The historical question findingsinitially wreck because explanation admittedly sprout round a dull garage. protective, elderly bolt

  89. Darren Childs

    Darren ChildsMánuði síðan

    Thanks that was amazing. Hi Tech in commercial kit at £489 I think it is still at a loss but long term payback makes the money. Well done SpaceX and Starlink team. Thanks to Elon making peoples life more interesting technical advanced and furthering Mankind for the good.

  90. Csaba K

    Csaba KMánuði síðan

    Just wanted to point out how hard they made installing Dishy on your rooftop or doing maintenance on it. Due to the fact that you cannot disconnect the cable from the dish, you cannot just install the dish, then feed a small part of the cable from the attic through the wall to connect it, you have to feed the whole length of the cable from the outside. I'm intending to install it on an overhang, like Starlink suggests it, and I'm gonna need a looooong ladder for that. I also wish to install it neatly, running the cable on the walls where possible, just like a lot of us probably. Now if the dish has any issues, the whole cable has to be pulled out of the walls again. That would be painful.

  91. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    I'm not sure where you'll stand on the warranty - but for permanent installs, I would recommend cutting the cable and terminating it in a properly-weatherized enclosure (or indoors) with a keystone jack.

  92. Basil Daoust

    Basil DaoustMánuði síðan

    OK, I guess I am done, you need a helper so everything you do isn't off the camera. Have fun.

  93. Basil Daoust

    Basil DaoustMánuði síðan

    I'm sure you are doing a great job but it seems like you show us stuff in random orders, which I guess is OK, but if you want to edit stuff out edit out me staring at your arm and not you magically removing screws, wait maybe that would just have been more arms, OK, hi-speed less omission. Just my thoughts.

  94. Balázs Rakó

    Balázs RakóMánuði síðan

    The argument that you shouldn't be able to replace the ethernet cable because "it can't deliver enough power" is utterly ridiculous. 802.3bt can push 70w, I don't think 100w is that big of a stretch, plus if you look up amperage ratings for 24 gauge wire, it's usually around 3.5 A (182W per pair, 728W for 4 pairs, 120W assuming worst case). Why SpaceX decided to do this is probably a mix of wanting to make more money, and not wanting to use an existing standard.

  95. Nor Dic

    Nor DicMánuði síðan

    Neither of you conclusions are likely true. Starlink are controlling the cable length this way to avoid the situation where the user installs a sub standard, or, to long a cable, and this give the user a poor experience.

  96. Simo D'lo Mafuxwana

    Simo D'lo MafuxwanaMánuði síðan

    Linus Tech Tips gang where you at????

  97. Jim James

    Jim JamesMánuði síðan

    2:50 .... that is exactly what she said.

  98. LIVE781REDRUM

    LIVE781REDRUMMánuði síðan

    SPACELINK would be a better name

  99. nebulousJames12345

    nebulousJames12345Mánuði síðan

    Negative. My starlink continually disconnects. At least once every 2 hours, usually more often. For about 2-15 seconds. Gaming is a no go in my area. I'm typically 29-40ms and 70-180mbps. Albany areaish

  100. Carter Woro

    Carter WoroMánuði síðan

    Thats why i havent gotten my dish yet.......

  101. Vodhin

    VodhinMánuði síðan

    How do you think Starlink will hold up during a Hurricane? Will the motors burn out trying to hold position in high winds? Do you think the mast could pop out if the locking buttons fail?

  102. Vodhin

    VodhinMánuði síðan

    @Nor Dic - I'm planning to mount this on a mast bolted to the roof, with the wire routed into the house through a weather head. From what I've seen, the Starlink wiring is permanently attached at the dish end: taking the dish down would require pulling out the cable, a feat that would not be easy if just a pain (even if using a conduit and dragline). We get frequent Thunderstorms that can have high winds, too. I'm wondering if the software could have a "storm" mode where the dish simply points straight up and locks in place, preventing motor burn out.

  103. Nor Dic

    Nor DicMánuði síðan

    If you can bring your dish inside or otherwise protect it, then your Starlink dish might provide internet connection for you when all the cell towers are knocked out, or, the cable internet goes down due to power outages. You can power your Starlink with your own backup power. The big question is as to whether the satellite signal path is badly degraded by the dense cyclone cell.

  104. Vincent O'Hara

    Vincent O'HaraMánuði síðan

    Just how many "Err" and "Um" can you manage per minute?

  105. Vincent O'Hara

    Vincent O'HaraMánuði síðan

    I fell asleep

  106. Ginger Cholo

    Ginger CholoMánuði síðan

    House is there most valuable asset... lol

  107. Leverett Sr

    Leverett SrMánuði síðan

    Made a subscriber outta me!

  108. Mark Elkins

    Mark ElkinsMánuði síðan

    How did you separate the white plastic backing part from the front? Saw someone else using a 1 inch wood drill and then a "saw" to cut the white plastic off. Ouch!

  109. Nathan

    NathanMánuði síðan

    Hair Dryer would have helped you get some of it to dislodge.

  110. NickDoesDoozey

    NickDoesDoozeyMánuði síðan

    This camera angle makes me constantly feel like i'm gonna fall and I hate it. Love the video otherwise

  111. Jose Silva

    Jose SilvaMánuði síðan

    Gracias de veras. Permitiste saciar mi gran curiosidad sobre el tema de la antena de Starlink, y dificilmente alguien lo podra hacer de nuevo. En realidad el costo esta por debajo de lo que deberia costar, es un producto de gran tecnologia, claro que la empresa apuesta a futuro sobre lo que deberia ser la masificacion de sus servicios a nivel mundial.

  112. Trail Adopter

    Trail AdopterMánuði síðan

    It would appear that each of those tiny MMIC chips drives two array elements.

  113. Dale L

    Dale LMánuði síðan

    The USSR would have killed to get their hands on this back in the 80's; the fact that civilians get this now for internet just shows how quickly tech advances these days.

  114. Irving González

    Irving GonzálezMánuði síðan

    thanks ...................!

  115. Think Smart

    Think SmartMánuði síðan

    and I became your subscriber!!! 😀😀😍😍

  116. Brent Norrod

    Brent NorrodMánuði síðan

    Cool! This is a well engineered antenna system. I've been in RF/Microwave design for 42 years. I started with mechanically steered RADAR using a single Transmit amplifier into the manifold. Now we're doing Q-band phase arrays. The big BGA in the middle is most likely a SiGe PHP process RFIC. This allows the Digital control core and RF to be grown on the same IC. The RFIC looks to be an 8-channel T/R with each channel having individual Phase and Gain control. The smaller 8 chips are probably the Final Tx amp, and Rx-LNA that feeds the larger chip in the middle of the group. The RFFE-CLK & DATA are the digital control links to the SIGe. My current specialty is the control aspects for similar setups. I do digital layout, FPGA, and beam steering control software. Working in the Defense/Aerospace/Space sectors, I am absolutely blown away by the quality of this consumer product.

  117. Alouis Schäfer

    Alouis SchäferMánuði síðan

    Actual 500iq tech in that dish wow

  118. hyou zan ren

    hyou zan renMánuði síðan

    Compare with today iPhone price This starlink is cheap! 😀😀😀

  119. Alouis Schäfer

    Alouis SchäferMánuði síðan

    All kinds of fancy tech in there. 500$ may seem pricey at first but in reality the are almost selling them at a loss.

  120. Ben K

    Ben KMánuði síðan

    Did you ever have any backlash from SpaceX over this video?

  121. Ben K

    Ben K5 dögum síðan

    @Ken Keiter that’s awesome to hear! Thanks for reply back.

  122. Ken Keiter

    Ken Keiter5 dögum síðan

    Nope! Actually got a very friendly message from someone at SpaceX saying they enjoyed my video and that one of the engineering teams was using it as a reference internally.

  123. Ben K

    Ben KMánuði síðan

    @Alouis Schäfer I believe he did the teardown while it was still in Beta. Curious if they cared that he took a Beta spot and then destroyed the hardware for a video.

  124. Alouis Schäfer

    Alouis SchäferMánuði síðan

    Why?

  125. Boat There

    Boat ThereMánuði síðan

    ty for this