In an interview, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX said that it is not easy for the parties to shoot down Starlink, the satellite system that is providing Internet connectivity for Ukraine.
As soon as the armed conflict broke out in Eastern Europe, Elon Musk quickly responded to the request of help from the Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, when he sent to Kiev the equipment of the Starlink system to support this country. maintain Internet connection in war zones.
In an interview with Mathias Dopfner, CEO of Axel Springer, South African billionaire discussed the ongoing crisis, the topic of space tourism and what makes people special.
When asked if there was a potential risk of Starlink satellites being targeted by countries like Russia and China, Musk replied: “It’s interesting to consider Russia’s stance against the deployment of such satellites. satellite a few months ago, in light of the ongoing conflict.”
“This move creates many conflicts for the companies that operate the satellites, and even endangers the international space station where the Russian cosmonauts are working,” he added.
The Starlink satellite system is helping Ukraine’s drone units fend off Russian military forces, even when the power grid and ground Internet connection are down.
However, Musk also warned that Starlink users in Ukraine should only “turn it on when necessary”, as they could become targets of the ongoing war.
SpaceX CEO is confident that “shooting down” satellites will not be easy. “It is not easy to shoot down Starlink, because this system has up to 2,000 satellites.”
“This means using a lot of anti-satellite missiles. I don’t expect this to be proven, but I do believe we can get satellites into orbit faster than firing anti-satellite missiles,” Musk said.
Also in the interview, this billionaire suddenly expressed his support for the US government, saying that “the US government has done many things that not everyone knows. It simply hasn’t been made public.”
Vinh Ngo (according to Business Insider)
Elon Musk sent Starlink satellite Internet equipment to Ukraine
Just a few days after the call of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine – Mr. Mykhailo Fedorov, the world’s richest billionaire, immediately responded to this request.