Unexpected issue for Starlink: Internet stutters from pets

Deepak Gupta January 18, 2022
Updated 2022/01/18 at 1:17 PM

Thousands of satellites are for that Starlink Internet already in orbit around the earth. They are intended to create seamless network coverage worldwide. The use of the services is currently only affordable to a limited extent and is therefore not worthwhile for everyone. Astronomers also criticize the light pollution that is sometimes caused by the space bodies of the company SpaceX. However, cats and birds take a clear advantage of the bowls that customers of the network set up – especially in the colder months.

Starlink wants to trump with ease of use. Basically, you can place the receiver dish for the satellite internet anywhere outdoors. If you do that, you obviously have to reckon with one or the other uninvited guest.

“Starlink works great until the cats find out that the bowl gives off a little warmth on cold days,” writes such as Twitter user Aaron Taylor (via Der Standard). In addition, he posts a picture that shows five cats who have made themselves comfortable on a satellite dish for the Starlink Internet. For the animals, the receiver serves as a kind of outdoor heating. An image of a bird in its Starlink dish Splits Nico Thirion. “Different species, same problem,” he writes.

In and of itself that’s a pretty nice sight. But it becomes problematic when the animals disturb the reception. The bowl is also not exactly cheap at a price of over 430 euros. “They have a heated cat house with water and food, but it’s -25°C and they decide to sit on the Starlink bowl,” Taylor points out. “When the sun goes down, they go back to their house.”

While the Starlink internet contributes to funny pictures on Earth, the situation in orbit seems far more serious. China complained to the UN about Elon Musk and his company. In 2021 alone, there have been multiple near-collisions between SpaceX satellites and China’s Tiangong space station.

Source: The Standard

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