SpaceX has delivered a batch of Starlink user terminals to war-torn Ukraine. These small antennas allow users to access the Starlink satellite internet service. They are a welcome and much-needed opportunity for Ukrainians who have witnessed the destruction of communications infrastructure during the Russian invasion.
Reuters reports that connectivity to GigaTrans, Ukraine’s main ISP, fell below 20% of normal levels during the early stages of the invasion, according to Internet monitoring organization NetBlocks.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced the activation of the service at the request of the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine. Mikhail Fedorov.
@elonmusk“While you are trying to colonize Mars, Russia is trying to occupy Ukraine! While your missiles are successfully landing from space, Russian missiles are attacking the civilian population of Ukraine! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and appeal to sensible Russians to stand up.”
Later that day, Fedorov tweeted the following:
Starlink is here. Thanks @elonmusk pic.twitter.com/dZbaYqWYCfFebruary 28, 2022
In addition to ground terminals and antennas, Service Starlink is much more immune to interrupts. This makes it especially valuable when the need for reliable internet is as important as it is now. This helps loved ones keep in touch, allowing information and reports to flow from the most affected regions.
In the 21st century, the influence of social media has changed the way war is covered. Not only in the public sphere, but also at the state level. David French, Senior Editor, The Dispatch told CNN that “the inspiring nature of the Ukrainian resistance, which frankly puts many Western governments to shame,” further highlights the need for a reliable internet so that these stories can reach the outside world.