SpaceX’s Starlink Internet satellite snow feature is starting to attract cats – here’s why


SpaceX Starlink’s Internet satellite snow feature has started attracting swarms of cats to go on the dishes.

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SpaceX’s Starlink Internet Satellite

Billionaire Elon Musk’s internet company, Starlink, connects its customers online through satellite dishes.

According to the Business Insider report, Starlink dishes are actually intended for installation on the roof or on an exterior wall outside of a house. But most of the users decided to just put their internet satellites on the ground and it worked great for them.

SpaceX's Starlink Internet satellite snow feature is starting to attract cats - here's why

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UKRAINE – 2021/02/21: In this photo, a Starlink logo of a satellite internet constellation being built by SpaceX is seen on a smartphone and PC screen.

This time around, however, in addition to getting low latency wireless internet signals, those satellites that were placed on the ground now attract cats.

Starlink satellite and cats

According to the DailyMail article, tons of feline pets were seen in a cramped viral photo as they sat on top of the Starlink satellite dish with their entire surroundings covered in icy snow.

Interestingly, cats huddle together in one place, which they usually don’t.

A Twitter user named Aaron Taylor shared this photo of cats sitting on the Starlink dish during the cold snow season.

Interestingly, while everywhere else in the photo is filled with a thick blanket of snow, the Starlink satellite remained sheltered from the icy snow.

Starlink satellite snowmelt functionality

It turns out that the Starlink satellite dish’s “Snow Melt Mode” feature could be the cause of the swarm of cats huddled over the satellite, according to the Tesmanian report.

Business Insider said in the same report that the satellite dish has this feature that triggers it to start heating up during snowfall.

The satellite internet company introduced the “Snow Melt Mode” feature in December 2020, DailyMail noted in the same report.

SpaceX said the snow feature produces “additional heat to mitigate signal attenuation caused by snow accumulation on the face of the user terminal.”

As such, the heavy snowfall that the United States is experiencing today must have forced feline creatures to seek out warm places where they could sit to protect themselves from the extremely cold weather these days.

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Internet Starlink Against Cats

With cats swarming over the internet satellite dish, some may wonder: is this affecting the internet connection?

At the time of writing, it is still not clear whether having chats grouped together on the Starlink dish affects the internet connection.

However, some reports consistently suggest that the adorable cats might break the satellite dish along the way.

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