Outdoor Cats Using Starlink Satellite Dishes as Heated Beds

As cold weather and storms plague parts of the United States this winter, cat owners can count on their fluffy companions to curl up in the warmest spots they can reach.

That’s what Aaron Taylor certainly seems to have discovered. On December 31, Taylor posted a photo of five cats curled up on his self-heating satellite dish on Twitter…

“Starlink works great until the cats find out that the dish gives off a little heat on cold days,” he writes…

Starlink satellite dishes have a self-heating feature to melt snow, which may be why cats are drawn to it, reports the Guardian. Engineers created this feature to stop snow from interfering with the signal, but can the dish handle a pile of felines? On Twitter, Taylor says five cats snuggling on his dish interrupts his video streaming and “slows everything down.”

Yeah; but…comfy cats are worth it. Right?

6 thoughts on “Outdoor Cats Using Starlink Satellite Dishes as Heated Beds

  1. Cat's Cradle says:

    ● SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service will require a dense constellation of satellites to provide consistent, low-latency connectivity. The system already has over 1,500 satellites in orbit and has received approval to operate 12,000 of them.
    SpaceX has indicated it would eventually like to boost the numbers to over 40,000 satellites and If all the companies involved follow through on their plans, low Earth orbit could contain as many as 100,000 of these satellites. https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/01/astronomers-find-growing-number-of-starlink-satellite-tracks/
    ● The Kessler syndrome is a scenario in which the density of objects in low Earth orbit (LEO) is high enough that collisions between objects could cause a cascade in which each collision generates space debris that increases the likelihood of further collisions, reducing space activities and the use of satellites for many generations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome
    ● SpaceX’s Starlink satellites alone are currently involved in about 1,600 close encounters between two spacecraft every week, that’s about 50 % of all such incidents, according to Hugh Lewis, the head of the Astronautics Research Group at the University of Southampton, U.K. These encounters include situations when two spacecraft pass within a distance of 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) from each other. https://www.space.com/spacex-starlink-satellite-collision-alerts-on-the-rise
    In the absence of regulation, it has been estimated that in the near future one out of every fifteen visible points of light In the sky will be a satellite moving, not a star. This will be disastrous for astronomical research and completely change the night sky around the world.

  2. Cat Melodeon says:

    Starlink has started taking orders for a premium service with a bigger antenna that delivers download speeds of up to 500Mbps, and it costs five times as much as the standard service: $2,500 for the hardware and $500 per month for Internet access. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/02/starlink-unveils-500mbps-tier-for-500-a-month-plus-2500-for-bigger-antenna/
    Standard Starlink service costs $99 a month plus $499 for hardware. Ship times for new orders are longer than with Premium.
    Premium also offers “improved performance in extreme weather conditions.”

  3. Stranded asset says:

    Starlink tells customers that a Dish 5G plan would make Starlink “unusable” – wants users to protest plan to share 12 GHz band with mobile networks. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/06/starlink-tells-customers-that-a-dish-5g-plan-would-make-starlink-unusable/
    SpaceX is asking Starlink customers to help the company win a regulatory battle against Dish Network. In an email urging users to contact the Federal Communications Commission and members of Congress, SpaceX yesterday said a Dish plan to use the 12 GHz spectrum band for mobile service will cause “harmful interference [to Starlink users] more than 77 percent of the time and total outage of service 74 percent of the time, rendering Starlink unusable for most Americans.”

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