Elon Musk's satellite Internet has new enemies

Elon Musk's Starlink satellite Internet performed well in the Speedtest: in the second quarter of this year, the average Starlink speed in the United States was 97.23 Mbps, while the average broadband Internet connection speed in the country is 115.22 Mbps.

However, real tests have shown that the stable operation of Starlink terminals in the form of satellite dishes is easy to disrupt. In particular, it is said that pigeons have chosen these dishes, because of which the connection can be unstable.

Professor Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity expert at the University of Surrey, recently told the BBC that he "noticed a series of blackouts - some for a second, some for longer, although the speed remains consistently high." Woodward points out directly that the reason is in pigeons. Another expert confirmed to the BBC that a pigeon sitting on a Starlink antenna would certainly impair its performance.

Pigeons really love to sit on satellite dishes, but this may soon change. According to a recent FCC license registration, SpaceX is working on a "high-performance, rugged" version of the terminal that is being built for "harsh environments." These new terminals must tackle the challenges posed by pigeons and other factors.

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