Reportedly, the requested Starlink Terminals sent in by SpaceX Founder Elon Musk to Ukrain have given the fighters a large advantage in taking control of the drone war against the Russian military.
“Aerorozvidka (Aerial Reconnaissance) is being used to attack Russian drones and target Vladmir Putin’s army of tanks and track down their positions in the conflict, which has been ongoing since February 24,” read a report from the Daily Mail. “Drones used in the field are able to use the newly available Starlink to keep connected and provide intelligence as internet and power outages plague Ukraine. With the technology, the drones can be directed to drop anti-tank munitions to help ward off the Russian attack.”
As stated by Musk earlier on this month, SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service would be made usable in Ukraine with a few shipments of terminals headed to the country, a response that spawned from a request on Twitter from Mykhailo Fedorov, the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, who asked: “@elonmusk, while you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand.”
“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine,” responded the billionaire. “More terminals en route.”
“Starlink provides high-speed, low-latency broadband internet across the globe. Within each coverage area, orders are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis,” stated the company. “Using advanced satellites in a low orbit, Starlink enables video calls, online gaming, streaming, and other high data rate activities that historically have not been possible with satellite internet.”
“Starlink is ideally suited for areas where connectivity has been unreliable or completely unavailable,” continued the company’s statement. “People across the globe are using Starlink to gain access to education, health services and even communications support during natural disasters.”
Later, Musk went on to issue a warning to anyone using the sent-in SpaceX Starlink terminals throughout Ukraine that they were at a high risk of being the target of Russian attack due to the terminals being some of the only remaining group systems left working.
“Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still working in some parts of Ukraine, so probability of being targeted is high,” Musk exclaimed. “Please use with caution.”
When later pressed about how users should use his systems with caution, Musk answered, “Turn on Starlink only when needed and place antenna away as far away from people as possible.”
Later, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky heaped praise on Musk via Twitter, stating: “Talked to @elonmusk. I’m grateful to him for supporting Ukraine with words and deeds. Next week we will receive another batch of Starlink systems for destroyed cities. Discussed possible space projects. But I’ll talk about this after the war.”