CHP tickets driver with obvious SpaceX Starlink dish on hood

California Freeway Patrol Officer T. Caton

A California Freeway Patrol officer pulled over a automobile on Friday that had a satellite tv for pc dish bolted to the automobile’s hood, and the gadget gave the impression to be certainly one of SpaceX’s Starlink antennas.

“Sir I ended you at the moment for that visible obstruction in your hood. Does it not block your view whereas driving?” CHP of Antelope Valley wrote in a Fb submit in regards to the incident.

CHP added that the motorist replied: “Solely once I make proper turns.”

California Freeway Patrol Officer T. Caton

A consultant of the regulation enforcement company advised CNBC that the motorist, driving a Toyota Prius, obtained a ticket for a shifting violation. The motorist advised CHP that they used the antenna to get Wi-Fi service for a enterprise they function out of the automobile.

SpaceX didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.

The contents of the Starlink Equipment for patrons, which incorporates the satellite tv for pc antenna dish, a stand, its energy provide, and a WiFi router.


Starlink is the corporate’s capital-intensive mission to construct an interconnected web community with hundreds of satellites, identified within the house trade as a constellation, designed to ship high-speed web to customers anyplace on the planet.

The “Starlink Equipment” that’s despatched to prospects consists of 4 vital components: The consumer terminal (also called the antenna), a tripod mount, a Wi-Fi router, and an influence provide. SpaceX additionally presents rooftop mounting choices for a further price.

SpaceX first rolled out the service with a beta program for choose customers for $99 a month final October, and up to now yr has sought regulatory approval to take a look at the community inflight and increase the service to massive shifting autos, like ships and vehicles – however the antenna for autos is anticipated to look considerably totally different than the dish presently despatched to customers at residence.

Elon Musk famous earlier this week that SpaceX now has about 70,000 energetic customers of Starlink, and will develop to “presumably over 500,000 customers inside 12 months.”

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