SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk declared over the weekend that the SpaceX Starlink satellite broadband service has been made formally available for Ukraine.
In addition, SpaceX also intends to send additional Starlink terminals to the besieged nation, whose Internet infrastructure has suffered continued disruptions since the Russian invasion.
“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine,” Musk triumphantly tweeted, adding that “more terminals en route.”
Musk’s tweet emerged in response to a Ukrainian government official who inquired whether or not the famous billionaire could provide the suffering nation with Starlink stations in order to facilitate communication and other vital services.
The official noted that Musk is presently focused on space colonization, though his technology would certainly benefit a nation besieged by unwanted colonization from a massive superpower.
“[Elon Musk], while you try to colonize Mars, Russia [tries] to occupy Ukraine!” declared Mykhailo Fedorov, who serves as Ukraine’s vice prime minister.
“While your rockets successfully land from space, Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people!” Fedorov added.
The ability to connect to the Internet in Ukraine has become significantly affected by the Russian invasion, especially in the eastern and souther parts of the nation, wherein fighting has been the most devastating.
Musk’s Starlink technology, however, could provide vital Internet services for individuals living in rural or other hard-to-serve locations, which generally have insufficient presence of cellular towards and fiber optic cables.
Despite the high costs of deployment, SpaceX’s technology can provide the Internet as an essential backstop when natural disasters, such as hurricanes or earthquakes, render communication impossible.
On January 15, Musk declared that SpaceX had nearly 1,500 active Starlink satellites, with 272 satellites moving towards operational orbits in the near future.