Starlink satellite dishes are coming, officials thank Elon Musk

SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks on a screen during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, ​​Spain, June 29, 2021.

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A shipment of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet antennas arrived in Ukraine on Monday, less than 48 hours after CEO Elon Musk announced the company would send support, according to a senior national government official.

Ukraine’s Digital Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, who tagged Musk in a Twitter request on Saturday, said Starlink was “here” in Ukraine – with a photo showing more than a dozen boxes of user kits from the company in the back of a truck. The number of kits SpaceX is sending to support Ukraine is unknown.

Each Starlink kit includes a user terminal to connect to satellites, a mounting tripod and a Wi-Fi router.

Musk, in response to Fedorov, said “you are welcome”.

Musk stressed on Saturday that Starlink was already “active in Ukraine.” Fedorov’s plea for help came after a suspected cyberattack disrupted Viasat’s satellite internet service – although the number of customers affected by the latter company’s outage is unknown.

SpaceX has launched 2,000 Starlink satellites to date to support its global network. The company’s service has around 145,000 users as of January, who pay $99 per month for the standard service or $500 per month for a premium tier.

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