The man fixed the antenna to a bracket on the back of the car and checked the power of the connection using a mobile app.
Harald Murphy from Australia installed a Starlink dish on his Tesla Model X and connected to the Internet while driving. He wrote about this on his Twitter.
Murphy accelerated his Tesla Model X electric car to 100 km / h on the highway and checked the connection speed on his smartphone – the Starlink app showed 200 Mbps. As the developers assure, the satellite dish can cope with wind gusts up to 110 km / h, but the Australian decided to go a little slower so as not to break the equipment.
For the sake of experiment, Harald Murphy attached the satellite dish to the trunk using a metal bracket in such a way that it only slightly rose above the roof of the car.
After the trip, the craftsman made another version of the mount to place the antenna below and a little further from the bumper. Thanks to this innovation, it became possible to open the trunk, and the structure was hidden from the flow of headwinds. The owner of the Tesla Model X abandoned the idea of installing an antenna in the cabin because it takes up too much space ..
24 hours later and we now have V2.0 #Starlink terminal mobile bracket. The dish now sits lower in the car’s slipstream, is rock solid and the trunk can now be freely opened at any time. Will aim to test it across the #nullarbor early next month. pic.twitter.com/Hf3PXUCA2b
– Harald Murphy (@harald_murphy) December 22, 2021
The founder of SpaceX, which launched the Starlink project, Elon Musk, reacted to Harald Murphy’s Twitter post and promised to improve satellite Internet. According to the millionaire, the company will soon update its software, satellites and receiving terminals.
A lot of improvement still coming just from software updates to satellites & terminals
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 21, 2021