SpaceX Donates 3,667 Starlink Terminals Worth $10 Million For Internet In Ukraine

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According to a report issued on April 5 by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a total of 5,000 Starlink terminals have been supplied to Ukraine for use in the country’s communication services. According to USAID, SpaceX contributed 3,667 terminals as well as the internet service itself, with the remaining 1,333 terminals being bought by the organization. Further details of the contribution were disclosed in the paper, which indicated that it was made via a public-private partnership with SpaceX and is worth a total of $10 million.

“From wherever in Ukraine, the Starlink satellite terminals will provide unrestricted data access thanks to their infinite bandwidth.” “The terminals will enable public authorities and important citizen service providers to continue to interact inside Ukraine and with the rest of the globe,” according to a statement from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) obtained by space writer Joey Roulette. According to the group, it has been cooperating closely with humanitarian partners in Ukraine since Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military assault on February 24.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) stated that the communication assistance is intended to assist Ukraine in responding to cyberattacks, disinformation, threats to the energy sector, critical health needs, and ensuring the uninterrupted operation of the Ukrainian government. Remember that SpaceX activated its Starlink satellites for the purpose of delivering internet services in Ukraine last month after the country’s Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov contacted Elon Musk with a request to assist him.

In his statement, Fedorov said that Russia’s strike on Ukraine had destroyed the country’s communication infrastructure, as a result of which internet satellites had been activated in the area. Following that, SpaceX despatched additional Starlink terminals to connect with the internet satellites, which were received by them in the following days. Musk had recently warned that the satellites may be compromised, and his prophesy came true when he subsequently revealed that the satellites had been compromised. He did, however, admit that SpaceX had been successful in preventing the hackers from interrupting Starlink services in Ukraine. So far, more than 2,000 Starlink satellites have been launched, and Musk said that his business expects to activate 4,200 more satellites in the next 18 months.

According to an unknown source who spoke with The Washington Post, the SpaceX Starlink satellite internet service started running in Ukraine immediately after Russia launched its invasion of the nation late last month, and more than 5,000 Starlink terminals have already been enabled in the country (via Tesla North.) Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, said in February that the Starlink network has reached 250,000 user terminals throughout the world. The Washington Post published a message from Musk in which he expressed his support for SpaceX’s work in Ukraine. Musk instructed the outlet to send his thanks to “your puppet master Besos,” a reference to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who owns The Post.

SpaceX is delivering frequent shipments of Starlink user terminals to the nation in order to assist in the maintenance of communications and infrastructure, with the most recent supply coming on Friday.

The Starlink speed tests from Ukraine, which were recently disclosed, revealed download rates of more than 200 Mbps. That is sufficient for the government and people to remain online, coordinate emergency response actions, and maintain connections with the rest of the world throughout the blackout. Immediately after the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, reached out to Musk through Twitter, expressing concern that Russian soldiers might shut off Ukraine’s internet connectivity. Musk responded quickly, granting Fedorov access to Starlink. Since then, Starlink has played an important role in ensuring that Ukraine’s connection is maintained, as well as ensuring that the country’s administrative infrastructure and humanitarian initiatives stay online.

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