SpaceX broadband satellites attracting cats and breaking people’s Internet

Elon Musk's superfast Starlink broadband has encountered an unexpected problem—pet cats.

The satellite dishes installed in users' homes to connect them up to SpaceX's internet service are reportedly attracting herds of cats, who are drawn to the warmth of the equipment.

Photos have surfaced on Twitter of numerous cats huddling on top of an outdoor satellite dish in the snow, presumably to keep warm in the cold weather.

The Starlink satellite dishes have a self-heating 'Snow Melt Mode' designed to clear them of snow and ice in cold weather.

Cats have apparently worked this out, and decided a warm satellite dish is a better option than a cosy fireplace despite the freezing outdoor temperatures.

Aaron Taylor, the Twitter user who shared the images, said: "This is what surprises me the most. They have a heated cat house, with water and food, but -25°C and they decide to sit on the Starlink dish. When the sun goes down, they head back to their house."

He went on to theorise that the cats like it because they get heat from the dish and warmth from the Sun at the same time. It is unclear how disruptive cats are to Starlink more generally.

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Some Twitter users were worried about the cats and why they were outside in the cold.

"They have free access to heated house and come and go as they please. They are there by their own choice," Taylor replied.

Others joked it was part of a cat conspiracy to take over the world.

"Cats exist to thwart the technology hubris of man," wrote one Twitter user.

"How else are they gonna get an uplink to the mothership?" asked another.

SpaceX, Elon Musk's space company, is working to build high-speed internet that covers the entire world by putting around 42,000 satellites in space by mid-2027.

So far, the firm has launched roughly 1,800 satellites to deliver the broadband, which costs £99 per month.

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