Elon Musk Activates Starlink’s Internet Service in Ukraine


“We invested in SpaceX in 2017 with the dream that Starlink could provide internet access to people who don’t have it, and the dream is coming through with Starlink providing internet to Ukraine under siege,” said Henrik Jones of Buckhill Capital.

Elon Musk said SpaceX had made access to its satellite-internet system, called Starlink, available in Ukraine and would be sending additional equipment so people could use the service amid the country’s invasion by Russia.

Mr. Musk, the founder of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., as SpaceX is formally known, responded in a tweet to a request from Ukraine’s minister of digital transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, who asked for access to the service via Twitter on Saturday.

“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route,” Mr. Musk responded on Twitter hours later.

SpaceX has been building out Starlink, a satellite-enabled, high-speed internet service, over the past few years. To use the service, customers need a terminal on the ground that can connect with the Starlink satellites.

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