Elon Musk says Starlink still receives US government funding for services in Ukraine

Elon Musk on Tuesday said SpaceX’s Starlink services have not received any funding from the US Department of Defense, a day after reports said the Pentagon was considering paying for the Starlink satellite network. in war-torn Ukraine. SpaceX is losing about $20 million (about 165 crore) a month from unpaid service and costs related to security measures to defend against cyberwar, but “we will continue to do this.” there (sigh),” Musk wrote on Twitter.

“No money from DoD, but some other countries, institutions and individuals are paying terminal ~11k/25k” Musk speak. The richest person in the world and the CEO of Tesla recently said SpaceX spends almost 20 million dollars (about 165 crore) per month to maintain satellite services in Ukraine and the company has spent about 80 million dollars (about 660 crore) to activate and support Starlink there.

Pentagon is considering payment for services to Ukraine, Politico report on Monday, citing two US officials involved in the discussions.

“To be precise, 25,300 terminals have been sent to Ukraine, but currently, only 10,630 are paying for the service,” Musk tweeted on Monday.

On Saturday, Musk said his rocket company SpaceX will continue to fund its Starlink internet service in Ukraine, citing the need for “good action,” a day after he said it did not. enough to do that. The Tesla CEO said Friday that SpaceX cannot indefinitely fund Starlink in Ukraine.

Starlink has kept Ukrainian civilians and troops online throughout the war, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov has previously stated that Starlink’s services have helped restore energy and communications infrastructure in Ukraine. important areas.

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