SpaceX no longer willing to pay for Starlink service to Ukraine; Elon Musk’s company has told the Pentagon to limit or stop Starlink service in the war-torn country.
SpaceX says it is not in a position to send more satellite terminals to Ukraine or cover the costs of existing terminals indefinitely.
CNN reported that they had the opportunity to see the documents that SpaceX sent to the Pentagon asking for financial assistance. It is claimed that almost $100 million has been spent on Starlink services in Ukraine so far.
SpaceX has asked the Pentagon to pay about $125 million for the cost of operating the Starlink service in Ukraine for the rest of this year.
At the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war, Elon Musk won the praise of the world by launching Starlink service in Ukraine.
But CNN reports that Musk’s company donated only 15 percent of the roughly 20,000 Starlink satellite hardware used on the battlefield in Ukraine; The overall funding came from various sources, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Poland.
In July, General Valery Zolusny of the Ukrainian military wrote directly to Elon Musk asking for about 8,000 more Starlink terminals. In response, SpaceX asked Zulusny to send requests for additional terminals directly to the US Department of Defense.
In the first week of October, the Ukrainian military reported that Starling had been disconnected from the battlefield. According to the CNN report, Ukrainian officials are also skeptical about whether SpaceX or Elon Musk is directly responsible for this.