A cargo of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite tv for pc antennas, also called terminals, arriving in Ukraine.
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WASHINGTON – SpaceX has despatched “hundreds” of Starlink satellite tv for pc web kits to Ukraine, firm President Gwynne Shotwell informed CNBC on Tuesday.
Elon Musk’s area firm started sending Ukraine shipments of Starlink satellite tv for pc kits — which include an antenna, a mounting tripod and a Wi-Fi router — shortly after Russia invaded. Ukrainians can use the Starlink kits to attach on to SpaceX’s community in orbit, with the corporate having launched about 2,000 satellites to this point.
“I am proud that we have been capable of present the terminals to people in Ukraine. It has been enormously useful, I believe, to make sure persons are nonetheless speaking,” Shotwell mentioned throughout a panel on the Satellite tv for pc 2022 convention in Washington, D.C.
Musk had Starlink terminals despatched to Ukraine after Ukrainian official Mykhailo Fedorov requested the CEO for assist whereas Russia’s assaults have been disrupting web service within the nation.
Shotwell, who spoke to CNBC after the panel, didn’t have a extra particular whole on the variety of dishes the corporate has shipped to Ukraine. She added that many of the funding for the Starlink kits has come from personal sources, however added that “France helped” and “I believe Poland helps.”
“I do not assume the U.S. has given us any cash to provide terminals to the Ukraine,” Shotwell mentioned.
The French and Polish embassies within the U.S. didn’t instantly reply to CNBC requests for remark.