Having your country invaded is hard enough, however imagine additionally losing your ability to connect to the world.
Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister, tweeted SpaceX founder Elon Musk early Saturday, asking the billionaire to connect his struggling nation with internet.
With in hours, Musk responded that the company’s Starlink Satellite Internet Service “is now active in Ukraine” with “more terminals en route.
Fedorov reaches out of Musk
“While trying to colonize Mars – Russia, try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets are successfully landing from space, Russian rockets are attacking the Ukrainian civilian population! said Fedorov’s now famous tweet. “We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and call on sane Russians to stand.
Musk responded to only 10 hours after the plea, however, It is not yet clear how accessible the connection will be in Ukraine. The country seemed pleased, tweeting to Musk’s response: “Thanks, appreciate it.
Spacex StarLink currently has more than 1,500 starlink satellites currently running to provide high-speed Internet service around the world. In June 2021, Musk had announced that in five weeks his service would be available globally, reaching those most in need.
“You can imagine from StarLink as a filling in gaps between 5G & fiber,” said Musk at this time: “really the hardest to reach, the 3-5%” of people who need high-speed broadband Internet. We will have 500,000 users within 12 months. It growing quickly and we continue to the user terminal.
It’s nice to see the CEO put the service to good use by helping an area in crisis just like, he promised to do!