“The hell with it”—Elon Musk to maintain funding Ukrainian Starlink service [Updated]

A satellite dish sits inside a room.


Replace, October 15, 5:57pm EDT: In a tweet early Saturday afternoon, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk introduced that satellite-based ISP Starlink will proceed offering Web service to Ukrainian forces battling the Russian invasion in addition to the nation’s authorities. “The hell with it … though Starlink continues to be dropping cash & different corporations are getting billions of taxpayer $, we’ll simply preserve funding Ukraine govt at no cost,” Musk tweeted.

Unique story: SpaceX has requested the Pentagon to fund the Ukraine authorities and navy’s use of Starlink broadband, saying the Elon Musk-led firm cannot afford to donate extra consumer terminals or pay for operations indefinitely, CNN reported.

“We’re not able to additional donate terminals to Ukraine, or fund the present terminals for an indefinite time period,” SpaceX’s director of presidency gross sales wrote to the Pentagon in a September letter, in keeping with CNN. The letter “requested that the Pentagon take over funding for Ukraine’s authorities and navy use of Starlink, which SpaceX claims would price greater than $120 million for the remainder of the 12 months and will price near $400 million for the subsequent 12 months.”

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