ANY OTHER truck carrying Elon Musk’s emergency internet satellite dishes was on its way to Ukraine when the country’s connection collapsed at the hands of Russia.
The billionaire warned that some of the Starlink kits that have been used near conflict zones are being jammed by Russian forces for several hours.
Thousands of satellites owned by Musk’s company SpaceX have become a lifeline for the war-torn country, where traditional cable connections have become severely damaged by the devastating invasion.
The businessman tweeted that the focus is now on “cyber defense” and “remediation of signal interference”.
It comes after he recently warned users that there is a “high” chance that Russia will try to follow them.
“Several Starlink terminals near conflict zones were stuck for several hours,” he said.
“Our latest software update has eliminated the interference.
“I’m curious to see what’s next!”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he was “grateful” for Mr Musk’s support throughout the crisis.
The two spoke last week and discussed possible space projects.
But Mr Zelenskyy remained tight-lipped about the exact details, saying: “I will talk about this after the war.”
Mr. Musk offered to help after receiving a desperate pleas from the deputy prime minister of Ukraine at the beginning of the invasion.
Mykhailo Fedorov – who is also Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Affairs – said Starlink has played an important part in keeping emergency services connected and saving lives.
An urgent update was recently rolled out to the system to reduce power consumption to the maximum, meaning that Starlink can run from a car cigarette lighter.
Mobile roaming is also enabled, so moving vehicles can also go online.
What is Starlink?
Starlink is a satellite project launched by billionaire SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in 2015.
Musk plans to put 12,000 satellites into Earth’s orbit over the next decade, which could grow to 42,000 in the future.
According to SpaceX, the “supermassive constellation” will eventually be able to reach every corner of the planet.
The California 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 sats 60 times closer to Earth than most satellites, SpaceX’s WiFi latency is lower than that of traditional satellite internet.
The company sends its satellites in batches of 60 at a time and has deployed more than 1,400 satellites into orbit since 2019.
They were launched from Cape Carnaveral in Florida atop a Falcon 9 unmanned rocket, also built by SpaceX.
The effect of low-orbit technology on views of the night sky is of great concern, as they appear brighter than many stars and planets.
Astronomers and amateur stargazers have repeatedly let SpaceX sabotage their observations.
The company argues that its satellites are only bright for a short time after launch because they are in low orbit.
Over the course of several weeks, the satellites moved further away from Earth, seemingly reducing their effect on space observations.
Stealing satellites ‘reason to go to war’
Dmitry Rogozin denied that the agency had been breached, but offered a chilling message to anyone who might attempt to do so.
“I want to warn everyone who tries to do it that it is essentially a crime, which should be severely punished,” he told Russian media.
“Because disabling any country’s satellite group is generally a reason for war.
“And we will be looking for the people who organized it.
“We will send all necessary documents to the Federal Security Service, the Investigative Committee and the Attorney General’s Office to open the relevant criminal cases.”
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