A man using a $500 Starlink satellite dish to connect to the internet was surprised to find five cats curled up inside of it on a snowy day.
Attracted to the dish for its self-heating feature that melts off snow to prevent interference with the connection, the cats would pile in all day, until night when they would return to their heated cat house.
Aaron Taylor suspects that the wide metal bowl of the satellite dish absorbs and reflects heat from the sun, while the self-heating feature warms from below, creating a kind of sleeping bag effect which the kitties found irresistible.
He confirmed in a tweet that five cats “slows everything down,” while another Starlink user reported a similar occurrence when a raptor was photographed enjoying the heat on its talons.
Different species, same problem pic.twitter.com/OzG2bOoaWv
— Nico Thirion (@Nicothirion) January 1, 2022
With an aim of giving internet access to all corners of the world, the Starlink service is part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX company–it currently has 1,600 satellites flying around in space, with U.S. permission to launch far more, so that even those in rural places far from any grid can get online.
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With all of Musk’s intellect and resources, it seems he overlooked his technology’s use for felines.
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