SpaceX’s vital for Ukrainians who’ve remained in the Eastern European country during , a top Ukrainian official said in a tweet. The service from Elon Musk’s rocket company has roughly 150,000 daily users in Ukraine, according to vice prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov.has been
“This is crucial support for Ukraine’s infrastructure and restoring the destroyed territories,” Fedorov, who also serves as the nation’s minister of digital transformation, wrote. “Ukraine will stay connected no matter what.”
Starlink is SpaceX’s network of private, orbital satellites, aimed at providing an internet connection to anyone on the planet. Prototype satellites were launched into orbit in 2018 and the company has since deployedacross dozens of launches.
Days after the invasion began in late February, Starlink terminals were sent to Ukraine in response to a request from Fedorov — Musk confirmed that the network was live in Ukraine and promised that more terminals would be sent to the country. He also warned people using the terminals due to the likelihood that they’d be targeted by Russian troops in an attempt to disrupt communications.
The US government may haveto send Starlink terminals and service to Ukraine, The Washington Post reported in April.
SpaceX didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about Fedorov’s tweet.