No, you can’t screw a SpaceX Starlink antenna onto your automotive
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is launched on NASA’s SpaceX Crew 2 mission to the International Space Station. Photo: Joel Kowsky / NASA (Getty Images)
A California driver was screwed to the hood of his Toyota Prius to attach a satellite dish that was supposed to look like one of SpaceX’s Starlink antennas. This is a good reminder that you can’t do that.
The Antelope Valley California Highway Patrol posted two pictures on Facebook that were allegedly taken by Officer T. Caton. It read:
“Sir, I stopped you on your hood today because of this obstruction. Doesn’t it block your view while driving? Drivers: Only when I turn right … ”
Yes, it is indeed illegal to place a satellite dish on the hood of your vehicle that obstructs your view under Section 26708 (a) (2) of the California Vehicle Code. Also under this section, you are not allowed to hang any objects on your rearview mirror, place a GPS or mobile phone in an unauthorized location on your windshield, or display a disability sign while driving. It’s about security guards. These are the real Highway Patrol stories. Sure everyone travels.
As a reminder, Starlink is one of SpaceX’s many projects. This was designed to build a network of thousands of satellites that would ideally provide high-speed internet to consumers around the world. The Starlink kit consists of four components: the user terminal or antenna, a tripod mount, a wireless router and a power supply unit; The beta program costs $ 99 per month. If you want a roof mount, you can snap this up for a small extra charge.
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But you can’t actually mount it on your car. I know it would be nice to have high-speed internet access anywhere. But obstruct your view? Not the right way.