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Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite dishes arrive in Ukraine to provide emergency Internet

UKRAINE has received a large number of emergency internet satellite dishes from Elon Musk to support communications being attacked by Russia.

Traditional broadband connections were severely disrupted by the Russian invasion, leading to a desperate call for support from Ukraine’s deputy prime minister for the SpaceX founder.

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine thanked Musk

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Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine thanked MuskCredit: @FedorovMykhailo

Mykhailo Fedorov thanked the billionaire on Twitter, who responded: “You are most welcome.”

His Starlink The service uses thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit to transmit the internet connection down, instead of the usual cable on the ground.

But to receive data, users need access to a Sky TV-style satellite dish.

Mr Fedorov – who also serves as digital minister – tweeted Mr Musk over the weekend, saying that “while you try to capture Mars – Russia tries to take Ukraine”.

“While your rocket successfully landed from space – Russian rocket hit Ukrainian civilians!” he say.

“We ask you to give Ukraine Starlink stations and solve problems for sane Russians.”

Within 10 hours, the billionaire replied that the Starlink service was online in Ukraine with more dishes “on the way”.

While the service is an important lifeline, it will not be able to support all of the country’s 44 million people.

Currently, Starlink has only about 145,000 customers globally, most of which are customers in remote areas with poor broadband.

Some people have complained about the slow speed as it has become more common in recent years.

SpaceX plans to eventually have about 40,000 satellites in space, although the move has been met with concerns that it could block the sky and trap us on the earth.

Satellite internet is nothing new, but Musk’s technology and mass make it possible to deliver speeds around 150Mbps.

A Ukrainian in Kyiv revealed that he was able to achieve top speeds of 200Mbps for a while, with a disk placed outside his window.

“I bought my Dishy on eBay a few months ago”, engineer Oleg Kutkov speak.

“Just for research and testing.

“I saw Elon’s tweet and decided to try to connect with my Dishy.”

Elon Musk responds to a request from the deputy prime minister of Ukraine

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Elon Musk responds to a request from the deputy prime minister of UkraineCredit: AFP

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 spread the internet to 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 only light up shortly 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.

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