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Elon Musk’s Starlink provides lifeline in Ukraine

Mar 28, 2022

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Elon Musk’s Space X is known for launching rockets into space, but on the ground, the company has been providing a lifeline to the people in Ukraine. Starlink is keeping Ukrainians informed and helping soldiers stay connected using its high-speed broadband internet service. The company’s low orbit satellites can provide users with internet access anywhere around the globe.

It started with this tweet from the Ukraine Vice Prime Minister Fedorov Mykhalio pleading for Musk’s help.

Hours later, Elon Musk responded with well-received news.

Starlink is now the most downloaded app in Ukraine, according to Forbes.

While it’s providing much-needed communications assistance to the people of Ukraine, it does not come without controversy. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, NASA raised concerns Starlink could present risks to manned and unmanned space flights and interfere with in-orbit and ground-based telescopes. The agency also questioned Starlink satellites’ auto-maneuvering capabilities. 

Despite those concerns, the service has proved effective, according to Ukrainians who have used the service, and received praise from President Volodymyr Zelensky, who met with Musk over Zoom.

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JIMMIE JOHNSON: ELON MUSK AND SPACE X ARE KNOWN FOR LAUNCHING ROCKETS INTO SPACE, BUT ON THE  GROUND, THE COMPANY IS PROVIDING A LIFELINE…

STARLINK IS KEEPING UKRAINIANS INFORMED AND HELPING SOLDIERS STAY CONNECTED. BUT IT’S NOT WITHOUT CONTROVERSY. 

SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS STARLINK? LET’S GET THIS STRAIGHT.

IT’S A HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICE  USING LOW ORBIT SATELLITES – IT CAN PROVIDE INTERNET ANYWHERE AROUND THE GLOBE.

FOR THAT REASON, STARLINK IS NOW THE MOST DOWNLOADED APP IN UKRAINE, ACCORDING TO FORBES. 

BUT NASA SAYS IT’S NOT ALL DIAMONDS IN THE SKY – IN A LETTER TO THE F-C-C, THE SPACE AGENCY RAISED CONCERNS STARLINK COULD PRESENT RISKS TO MAN AND UNMANNED SPACE FLIGHTS, INTERFERE WITH IN-ORBIT AND GROUND-BASED TELESCOPES, AND QUESTIONS STARLINK SATELLITE’S AUTO-MANEUVERING CAPABILITIES. 

PUTTING THOSE CONCERNS ASIDE – HOW DID THE BRAINCHILD OF A TECH BILLIONAIRE – END UP AIDING THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE?

IT STARTED WITH A TWEET FROM THE VICE PRIME MINISTER PLEADING FOR HELP, SAYING, “…WE ASK YOU TO PROVIDE UKRAINE WITH STARLINK STATIONS…”

HOURS LATER, ELON MUSK TWEETED – “STARLINK SERVICE IS NOW ACTIVE IN UKRAINE. MORE TERMINALS EN ROUTE.”

AND IT SEEMS TO BE WORKING – RECEIVING LOTS OF PRAISE FROM UKRAINE PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY, WHO MET WITH MUSK OVER ZOOM. 

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