SpaceX’s Starlink Activated: Invaded Ukraine Requested Elon Musk For Broadband Service

SpaceX’s Starlink Activated: Invaded Ukraine Requested Elon Musk For Broadband Service
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The founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Engineer of SpaceX, Elon Musk, recently tweeted that its satellite internet constellation, Starlink, is now active in Ukraine. This was done because of the requests from Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, to assist the nation during the invasion by providing it with Starlink’s Broadband Service.

Elon Musk made the tweet after he received a tweet from the Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Mykhailo Albertovych Fedorov, saying that while SpaceX plans to colonize the Red Planet, Mars, and also can land their rockets back to Earth safely, Russia is attacking Ukraine’s capital and their people, trying to occupy their territory. The Minister requested Elon Musk to help the nation access the Internet through SpaceX’s Starlink to assist in their battle against the Russian forces. 

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Ukraine stated that the country’s internet services and connectivity had been affected extremely badly, resulting from the present crisis. The country claims that amid their war with Russia, their digital communication systems, social media platforms, and the government’s official websites have been hacked. Therefore, requests were made to Elon Musk to activate Starlink to provide the country with internet access.

Starlink is the US-based Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s (SpaceX) Satellite Broadband Network that provides internet access to every corner globally. The Aerospace Company aims to make the internet accessible in places worldwide that have been Underserved, i.e., never had access to the internet. Starlink does not provide internet connectivity through traditional means, i.e., using standard cable connections; instead, it uses its satellites around Earth to provide direct internet access. 

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At present, SpaceX has been permitted to have 4,408 satellites for its Starlink program; there are already 1,700 satellites in the constellation. However, the company’s vision is to have a satellite constellation of around 42,000. There are several hurdles to making this vision a reality, but this recent step is taken to help Ukraine showcase Starlink’s tremendous potential. 

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