Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet system terminals have landed in Ukraine – Copyright AFP/File Kazuhiro NOGI
A shipment of terminals for Elon Musk’s satellite internet service, Starlink, has arrived in Ukraine after one of his ministers personally appealed to the billionaire in the face of the Russian invasion.
The equipment could help bring internet to areas where access was cut off due to President Vladimir Putin’s assault on neighboring Russia a week ago.
“Starlink – here. Thank you @elonmusk,” Ukrainian Digital Minister Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted on Monday, along with a photo of a truckload of Starlink terminals.
“You are welcome,” the SpaceX founder tweeted in response.
Fedorov urged Musk to provide Starlink services to Ukraine days after the invasion began last week, tweeting “While you try to colonize Mars, Russia tries to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets are successfully landing from space, Russian rockets are attacking Ukrainian civilians.
Web monitoring group NetBlocks reported a series of major internet service disruptions in Ukraine after the Russian invasion began.
Starlink operates a constellation of over 2,000 satellites that aim to provide internet access across the planet.
On Friday, the company launched another 50 Starlink satellites, with many more expected to enter Earth orbit.