SpaceX CEO Elon Musk stated his space firm’s Starlink satellite internet service is out there in Ukraine and more terminals to make use of it are on the way.
Musk made the assertion on Twitter Saturday (Feb. 26) after being requested by a Ukrainian authorities official if SpaceX may present more Starlink companies to the nation after Russian troops invaded Ukraine final week. Internet companies in Ukraine has seen “significant disruptions” in the capital metropolis of Kyiv and throughout a lot of the nation because of Russian navy operations and the ensuing combating, the monitoring group Netblocks reported on Thursday (Feb. 24).
“@ElonMusk, while you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand,” Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, who is also the country’s minister of digital transformation, asked Musk on Twitter Saturday.
“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine,” Musk replied. “More terminals en route.”
Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route.February 26, 2022
SpaceX’s Starlink service offers high-speed broadband access via a massive constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit and is designed to ultimately provide coverage anywhere on Earth, with a focus on remote areas or underserved regions. Starlink users access the space-based internet service using a satellite dish placed on or near the location where service is needed.
Musk and SpaceX recently sent 50 Starlink terminals to the island nation of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean to provide free internet access to help reconnect remote villages there after a massive volcano eruption and tsunami in January, according to Reuters. The Starlink terminals will help restore communications with some of the hardest hit regions from the natural disaster.
Since 2019, SpaceX has launched over 2,000 of the satellites for the constellation, which is expected to reach up to 14,000 in its initial form. The company’s most recent launch occurred on Friday (Feb. 25), when SpaceX lofted 50 new Starlink satellites into orbit from a pad at California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base.
SpaceX’s next Starlink mission is expected to lift off later this week on Thursday (March 3) from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.