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CHP ticket pilot with an apparent SpaceX Starlink antenna on the hood – .

fr24news– California Highway Patrol Officer T. Caton On Friday, a California Highway Patrol officer stopped a vehicle that had a satellite dish bolted to the car’s hood, and the device appeared to be one of SpaceX’s Starlink antennas.
“Sir, I arrested you today for that visual obstruction on your hood. Doesn’t it block your view while you are driving? The Antelope Valley CHP wrote in a Facebook post about the incident.CHP added that the motorist replied, “Only when I make right turns. “

California Highway Patrol Officer T. Caton
A law enforcement official told CNBC that the motorist, driving a Toyota Prius, was ticketed for a moving violation. The motorist told CHP he used the antenna to get Wi-Fi service for a business he operated from the car.SpaceX did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

The content of the Starlink Kit for customers, which includes the satellite dish, a bracket, its power supply and a WiFi router.EspaceX

Starlink is the company’s capital-intensive project to build an interconnected Internet network with thousands of satellites, known in the space industry as a constellation, designed to provide high-speed Internet to consumers all over the planet.The “Starlink Kit” sent to customers consists of four important parts: the user terminal (also called an antenna), a tripod mount, a Wi-Fi router and a power supply. SpaceX also offers rooftop mounting options at an additional cost.

SpaceX first rolled out the service with a beta program to some consumers for $ 99 per month last October, and last year sought regulatory approval to test the network in flight and extend the service to large moving vehicles. , like ships and trucks – but the vehicle antenna should be somewhat different from the satellite dish currently sent to home users.

Elon Musk noted earlier this week that SpaceX now has around 70,000 active Starlink users and could reach “maybe over 500,000 users within 12 months.”

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