The billionaire Elon Musk hinted in a tweet on Saturday that his rocket business SpaceX would keep funding Ukraine’s satellite-based Starlink internet service. The notion that the irascible Tesla CEO was merely being sarcastic was further raised by Musk’s tone and words.
Musk routinely tweets insults and jokes, and occasionally he will veer off on strange tangents like a recent series of tweets implying that one of his companies has started selling its own line of fragrances. It’s unclear whether SpaceX has set up any future plans for service in Ukraine.
Senior US officials revealed on Friday (October 15) that Musk had formally requested the Defense Department take over funding for the service Starlink offers in Ukraine. Since the beginning of the country’s resistance against Russia’s invasion in February, Starlink, which offers broadband internet connectivity utilising more than 2,200 low-orbiting satellites, has supplied vital battlefield communications for Ukrainian military troops.
“We’ll just keep funding Ukraine government for free, even though Starlink is still losing money & other companies are collecting billions of taxpayer dollars” (October 16).Musk tweeted on Saturday
Early on Friday, Musk tweeted that Ukraine’s communication demands were costing SpaceX $20 million per month. Requests for comment from Tesla did not immediately receive a response.
Senior US officials said they spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing a private matter that has not yet been made public. They said senior leaders have discussed and are considering the Starlink funding issue in meetings. There haven’t been any choices made.
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