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SpaceX Starlink user terminals arrive in Ukraine

2022-02-28 19:32 by
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With Russia's invasion causing significant damage to Ukraine's internet infrastructure, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Saturday his company would bring its Starlink satellite internet service to the country.

SpaceX sent a truck full of Starlink user terminals to Ukraine, according to an image tweeted by the country’s vice prime minister, who had asked CEO Elon Musk for assistance during Russia’s invasion. Over the weekend, Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted at Musk, asking him to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations. In response, Musk said that the satellite internet service had been activated for the country and that more terminals were on their way. Today, it seems that promise has been fulfilled, with Musk responding to Fedorov's latest tweet, "You are most welcome."

Starlink is a satellite-based internet system that SpaceX has been building for years to bring internet access to underserved areas of the world. It's powered by SpaceX's network of nearly 2,000 low-orbit satellites.

Starlink markets itself as "ideally suited" for areas where internet service is unreliable or unavailable because isn't limited by traditional internet infrastructure. Notably, SpaceX had recently used Starlink to help restore connections in Tonga after a huge volcanic eruption and tsunami severed a crucial undersea cable.

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