War 2.0 thanks to Elon Musk

Without the Starlink space constellation, Ukraine would have surrendered long ago. It resists the invaders thanks to the high-tech stations of the American billionaire, the head of SpaceX.

Official SpaceX images, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Just three days after Russia invaded Ukraine, where terrestrial infrastructure was gradually destroyed by bombs, Ukrainian Deputy Digital Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedoro tweeted this tweet to American billionaire Elon Musk: “While trying to colonize Mars, Russia is trying to occupy Ukraine! If your missiles successfully landed from In space, Russian missiles are attacking Ukrainian civilians! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations.”
The reply came a few hours later: “Starlink service is up and running. [NDLR- au-dessus de l’Ukraine]. Other stops on the way.

information war

Save a word. Satellites from Starlink, a subsidiary of Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX, have been placed over Ukraine. They are part of a constellation of satellites that provide Internet access. To date, about 1,800 communications satellites have been deployed in low Earth orbit. 12,000 will be deployed by 2025.
Elon Musk had over 1,000 terminals delivered (for free) – modified into “cyber mode” making them “non-flammable” by the Russians. All at a level of technology unattainable in Europe for at least 30 years…
So Starlink helps the Ukrainian Air Force track down and destroy Russian tanks. While Ukraine has faced power and internet outages since the beginning of the Russian invasion, the drones it uses on the ground can use the Starlink network to stay connected and provide intelligence.

Steer the drones

We understand every interest in these spacecraft in a country at war where ground infrastructures are – or are at risk of being destroyed – by bombs. We know that information (and misinformation) is a formidable weapon of war. Hence the need to control access to media. And in particular, on social networks.
Thus, thanks to Starlink, the drones can be directed to drop anti-tank munitions to help repel the Russian attack.
Earlier this month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Elon Musk for his help and invited him to visit the country once the war was over.

Ukraine: a war in space

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