Elon Musk says Starlink internet service ‘active’ in Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine crisis News

Billionaire says satellite tv for pc broadband service is offered in Ukraine, as Russian assaults disrupt the web.

SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk says the corporate’s Starlink satellite tv for pc broadband service is offered in Ukraine and SpaceX is sending extra terminals to the nation, whose web has been disrupted as a result of Russian invasion.

“Starlink service is now lively in Ukraine. Extra terminals en route,” Musk wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

He was responding to a tweet by a Ukrainian authorities official who requested Musk to offer the embattled nation with Starlink stations.

“@elonmusk, when you attempt to colonize Mars – Russia attempt to occupy Ukraine! Whereas your rockets efficiently land from area – Russian rockets assault Ukrainian civil individuals!” Ukraine’s vice prime minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, stated on Twitter.

Web connectivity in Ukraine has been affected by the Russian invasion, notably within the southern and jap components of the nation the place preventing has been heaviest, web displays stated on Saturday.

Whereas extraordinarily pricey to deploy, satellite tv for pc know-how can present web for individuals who reside in rural or hard-to-serve locations the place fibre-optic cables and cell towers don’t attain. The know-how will also be a crucial backstop when hurricanes or different pure disasters disrupt communication.

Musk stated on January 15 that SpaceX had 1,469 Starlink satellites lively and 272 transferring to operational orbits quickly.

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