ELON Musk believes Russia could not destroy its network of Starlink space satellites.
The SpaceX probes are circling in low Earth orbit and beaming the internet to the world.
Musk recently launched operations in Ukraine – to keep the nation online during the Russian invasion.
He sent on the ground Satellite receiver for Starlink to the Ukrainiansso they can stay connected even when traditional internet sources go offline.
Billionaire Musk had previously expressed these fears Russia could be spying on Starlink communications.
But in a new interview, he said he’s not worried about Russia physically destroying Starlink satellites with missiles.
He said Business Insider that there are now too many Starlink satellites in the sky – and that SpaceX’s launch pace is simply too fast for the Kremlin’s war machine.
“If you’re trying to take down Starlink, it’s not easy — because there are 2,000 satellites,” Musk explained.
“That means a lot of anti-satellite missiles.
“I hope we don’t have to put that to the test.
“But I think we can launch satellites faster than they can launch anti-satellite missiles.”
The billionaire donated a truckload of crockery to the war-torn country whose communications have been attacked by Russian forces.
Mr Musk offered his help after he a desperate request by the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Mykhailo Fedorov – who is also Ukraine’s Minister of Digital – said that SpaceX Starlink has played a key role in connecting emergency services and saving lives.
However, with some areas experiencing blackouts, he warned the country now needs generators to keep the dishes going.
Mr Musk replied he had updated the software to reduce peak power consumption, meaning Starlink can be powered from a car cigarette lighter.
He has also enabled mobile roaming capabilities, allowing moving vehicles to stay online.
Speaking about the war in Ukraine, Musk admitted he was shocked it happened at all.
“It’s surprising to see that in this day and age,” Musk said.
“I thought we’d moved beyond things like that for the most part. It’s worrying.
“If you can get away with it, then that’s a message to other countries that maybe they could get away with it too.”
He also admitted: “I do think that Putin is significantly richer than me.”
And that’s despite having an incredibly high net worth of around $260 billion.
Russia has not signaled plans to launch missile attacks on the Starlink network.
But the warring nation has been tentatively linked to a “sabotage sabotage” that took place just as the invasion of Ukraine began.
Dmitry Rogozin denied the agency was hurt, but addressed a chilling message to anyone who might try.
“I would like to warn anyone who tries that it is essentially a crime that should be severely punished,” he told Russian media.
“Because the disabling of a country’s satellite group is generally a casus belli, that is, a reason to go to war.
“And we will look for those who organized it.
“We will send all the necessary materials to the Federal Security Service, the investigative committee and the Attorney General’s Office so that appropriate criminal proceedings can be opened.”
Musk’s SpaceX launched another 50 Starlink satellites into orbit just two weeks ago.
What is Starlink?
Starlink is a satellite project launched in 2015 by billionaire SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.
Musk intends to launch 12,000 satellites into Earth orbit over the next decade, potentially to 42,000 in the future.
The “mega constellation” will eventually be able to broadcast internet coverage anywhere in the world, according to SpaceX.
The California-based company says its network will provide users with high-speed, low-latency Internet coverage.
Latency is the time it takes to send data from one point to the next.
Because Starlink satellites are 60 times closer to Earth than most satellites, SpaceX WiFi latency is lower than traditional satellite internet.
The company sends out its satellites in batches of 60 at a time and has put more than 1,400 into orbit since 2019.
They will be launched from Cape Carnaveral in Florida on Falcon 9 unmanned rockets also being built by SpaceX.
The impact of low-orbiting technology on viewing the night sky is a major concern, as they appear brighter than many stars and planets.
Astronomers and amateur stargazers have repeatedly attacked SpaceX for ruining their observations.
The company argues that its satellites are only bright shortly after launch because they are in low orbit.
Over the course of several weeks, the satellites move further away from Earth and apparently dampen their effect on space observations.
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