“It doesn’t matter…even if Starlink still loses money and other companies receive billions of taxpayer dollars, we will continue to fund the Ukrainian government,” the city’s richest man tweeted.
It is estimated to cost $400 million over the next 12 months
On Friday, Elon Musk warned that SpaceX “(cannot) fund the existing system indefinitely and send thousands of additional terminals (…). This is not fair. »
SpaceX sent a letter to the Pentagon last month. UkraineCNN reported.
According to the TV channel, the company has asked the US Department of Defense to take over funding for the use of Starlink by the Ukrainian government and its military, which is estimated to cost $400 million over the next 12 months.
Used to calculate Starlink missile trajectory
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, SpaceX It provides thousands of terminals there that ensure Internet connectivity to the cluster of satellites that make up the Starlink network. Around 25,000 terminals have been deployed in the country till date. Elon Musk assures SpaceX that all the costs of deploying and maintaining the Starlink terminals in Ukraine are covered by SpaceX, except for a “small percentage”.
The Starlink network helped maintain Internet connectivity in areas affected by the Russian military in Ukraine. By June, about 15% of Ukraine’s existing Internet infrastructure had been destroyed or damaged, officials said.
Starlink is widely used by Ukrainian forces to calculate the trajectory of their missiles and geolocate their targets.