Elon Musk will eventually continue to fund Starlink internet in Ukraine
Elon Musk changes his tune and says that SpaceX will continue to provide the Starlink network in Ukraine even if the US government does not help him.
SpaceX boss Elon Musk announced on Saturday that he will continue to fund the Starlink internet network in Ukraine, reversing his calls the day before for the US government to take over.
Never mind…Even if Starlink is still losing money and other companies are getting billions of taxpayer dollars, we will continue to finance the Ukrainian government, claimed on Twitter the richest man in the world.
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On Friday, Elon Musk warned that SpaceX [could] not continue to fund the existing system indefinitely and send thousands of additional terminals […].
Last month, SpaceX sent a letter to the Pentagon indicating that it could no longer afford the costs of this service in Ukraine, CNN reported.
According to the broadcaster, 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, which was estimated to cost US$400 million ( 555 million Canadian dollars) for the next 12 months.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, SpaceX has delivered thousands of terminals that provide a connection to the Internet through a constellation of satellites that form the Starlink network.
Some 25,000 terminals have been shipped to this country so far. Elon Musk assures that with the exception of a small percentage, all costs of deploying and maintaining Starlink endpoints in Ukraine have been borne by SpaceX.
Whimsical businessman Elon Musk is used to blowouts.
The Starlink network helped maintain internet coverage in areas of Ukraine attacked by the Russian military. As of June, about 15% of existing internet infrastructure in Ukraine had been destroyed or damaged, according to authorities.
Starlink is also widely used by Ukrainian forces to calculate the trajectory of their missiles and to geolocate their targets.