Elon Musk: SpaceX will finally continue to finance the Starlink internet network in Ukraine

A real weather vane: Elon Musk, after having made, then withdrawn, then re-submitted an offer to take over Twitter, has just announced that he would finally continue to finance the Starlink internet network in Ukraine, even though he had indicated the day before that he was going to stop doing it. “Never mind… even if Starlink still loses money and other companies get billions of taxpayer dollars, we will continue to fund the Ukrainian government,” the most popular man tweeted. rich in the world on Saturday October 15.

Friday, October 14, Elon Musk warned that SpaceX “(could) not continue to fund the existing system indefinitely and send thousands of additional terminals (…). It’s not reasonable.” SpaceX sent a letter to the Pentagon last month indicating that it could no longer afford the costs of service in Ukraine, CNN reported. According to the television channel, the company was asking the US Department of Defense to take over funding for the use of Starlink by the Ukrainian government and its military, the cost of which was estimated at $400 million for the 12 months to come.

25,000 terminals deployed in the country, to date

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, SpaceX has delivered thousands of terminals there which provide an Internet connection through a constellation of satellites forming the Starlink network. Some 25,000 terminals have thus been deployed in the country to date. Elon Musk assures that with the exception of a “small percentage”, all the costs of deploying and maintaining Starlink terminals in Ukraine have been borne by SpaceX.

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The Starlink network has helped maintain internet coverage in areas of Ukraine hit by the Russian military. As of June, around 15% of Ukraine’s existing internet infrastructure had been destroyed or damaged, authorities said. Starlink is also widely used by Ukrainian forces to calculate the trajectory of their missiles and geolocate their targets.

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