- SpaceX recently launched a public beta test for Starlink, its growing network of internet-beaming satellites.
- Test subscribers pay $100 per month for broadbandlike service, plus a $500 fee for a starter kit that includes a “UFO on a stick” user terminal, or satellite dish.
- But each user terminal contains a phased-array antenna, which industry experts say can’t be made for less than $1,000.
- SpaceX hired STMicroelectronics to manufacture Starlink user terminals, a person with knowledge of the agreement told Business Insider.
- The contract with the Swiss-headquartered manufacturing giant calls for the production of 1 million terminals and may be worth billions of dollars, the person said.
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SpaceX is outsourcing a key element of its Starlink satellite-internet network with a manufacturing deal worth billions of dollars, an industry insider told Business Insider.
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