The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is officially off to a great start, and this year it’s been upgraded with SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet providing Wi-Fi at some of the peak’s highest, most remote locations.
SpaceX’s Starlink is being used for Wi-Fi at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as seen in a tweet from @The Kilowatts on Friday, which the crew says was uploaded from the remote area called the Devil’s Playground.
The tweet also shows a photo of the Starlink dish, recently renamed “Stinky” by Elon Musk, with some peaks in the background and a crescent moon at the top of the frame.
This tweet was sent from Devil’s Playground via Starlink. If you’ve ever tried to live report on Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, you understand how significant this is. #Starlink #PPIHC pic.twitter.com/FIqXkTni9n
— The Kilowatts 🚗⚡️ (@klwtts) June 24, 2022
SpaceX recently launched Starlink RV, offering the satellite internet service on a month-to-month basis anywhere service is offered. The plan allows users to set up Starlink while on the road and at any destination. The service has already topped 30,000 orders.
Friday marks day five of pre-race runs at the Colorado invitational race, with the actual race taking place on Sunday, June 26.
In 2020, Pobst crashed on the Pikes Peak drive, which is notoriously dangerous since it features less-than-ideal road conditions.