Elon Musk: SpaceX might keep funding Ukraine’s Starlink access

Musk’s tone and expression also raise the possibility that the Tesla CEO is just being sarcastic.

NEW YORK – Billionaire Elon Musk hinted in a tweet Saturday that his rocket company SpaceX could continue to fund their satellite-based Starlink internet service in Ukraine. But Musk’s tone and wording also raise the possibility that the tough Tesla CEO is just being sarcastic.

Musk often posts jokes and insults and sometimes takes the unusual side, such as a recent series of tweets showing that one of his companies has started selling its own line of fragrances. It’s unclear if SpaceX is actually establishing future plans for service in Ukraine.

On Friday, senior US officials confirmed that Musk had formally asked the Department of Defense to take over funding for the service Starlink provides in Ukraine. Starlink, which provides broadband internet service using more than 2,200 low-orbit satellites, has provided vital battlefield communications to Ukrainian military forces from the very beginning of the defense of the nation against Russia’s February invasion.

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“What the heck… even though Starlink is still losing money and other companies are taking billions of dollars in taxpayers’ money, we’ll continue to fund the Ukrainian government for free,” Musk tweeted on Saturday.

Earlier Friday, Musk tweeted that SpaceX was spending $20 million a month supporting Ukraine’s communications needs. Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Senior US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue that has not been made public, said the issue of Starlink funding had been discussed in meetings and that senior leaders were weighing the issue. subject. No decision.

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Edmund DeMarche

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