Cat heating instead of a super internet: Elons Musk’s satellite dishes are so fluffy they’re hijacked
In fact, Tesla’s founder Starlink bowls are believed to bring satellite internet to remote areas. But apparently a side effect ensures a different use than intended.
As we are used to with Elon Musk, it’s an ambitious plan. With thousands of satellites, the boss of Tesla and SpaceX is building his own network under the name Starlink. And provides people with high speed internet access directly from space. Musk and his team are unlikely to have the expected success: satellite dishes are also popular with cats.
A Twitter user documented this with a photo. He shows his Starlink antenna in the snowy yard. You don’t see much of the white satellite dish – as it is besieged not by one, but by five cats.
Defrost function with side effect
The reason for this lies in one of the characteristics of the Starlink bowls: in order for them to also work well in wintry weather, the engineers decided to give them a heating function so that they can defrost snow and ice in such a way. autonomous. And as any cat connoisseur will know, fluffy four-legged friends love little more than to get cozy on a comfortably warm surface.
The bowls don’t really heat up, but they’re hot enough, reveals an addition from the cat owner: “You have a heated cat house, including water and food. But it’s -25 degrees Celsius and you’d rather sit on the Starlink. bowl, “he explained of claims of cold-confining cats. However, cats seem to enjoy the combination of sun and heat above all else.” As soon as the sun goes down, they’ll be back home. inside.”
Problem in space
As funny as the image of satellite cats is to passers-by, it’s just as annoying to Taylor. The effect on the connection can be felt during the day. “It doesn’t stop them completely, but it slows everything down noticeably,” he complains. Commenters on Reddit, who also had cats in their bowls, also agree with this experience. Taylor admits he plans to move the bowl to a higher location than on the ground.
For Musk’s company, Starlink, however, the post should be more of a source of joy. Over the past few weeks, the company has struggled with much worse headlines. Because the company’s thousands of satellites further condensed the already narrow Earth orbit, China officially filed a complaint with the United Nations. The charge: the Chinese space station had to change course to avoid colliding with one of the Starlink satellites. Find out more here. Such problems could threaten more often in the future. The company’s 1,600 satellites are currently in orbit – out of 12,000 already approved.
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