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

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

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

“Starlink service is now energetic 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, whilst you attempt to colonize Mars – Russia attempt to occupy Ukraine! Whereas your rockets efficiently land from area – Russian rockets assault Ukrainian civil folks!” Ukraine’s vice prime minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, stated on Twitter.

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

Whereas extraordinarily expensive to deploy, satellite tv for pc expertise 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 expertise can be a vital backstop when hurricanes or different pure disasters disrupt communication.

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