SpaceX's 'UFO on a stick' may turn Starlink customers into key assets - Business Insider
With anticipation building over Starlink's debut, company founder Elon Musk explained how future subscribers will connect to the service using a device called a phased-array antenna, which he said in 2015 should cost around $200 each. (Though some industry analysts say such devices today cost about 10 times as much.)
"Looks like a thin, flat, round UFO on a stick. Starlink Terminal has motors to self-adjust optimal angle to view sky," Musk tweeted, adding that all a user has to do is plug it in and point it upward. "These instructions work in either order. No training required."
What Musk did not say is how, exactly, early adopters will actually send and receive data — whether it's information about financial markets halfway around the world, or streaming video of "The Bachelor" on a Hulu server farm — using satellites moving around Earth at 17,000 mph, and in a dizzying variety of paths called orbital planes.