SpaceX agrees to supply 10,000 satellite antennas to Ukraine

These are 10,000 Starlink satellite antennas which should be able to be supplied to Ukraine, according to the terms of a contract signed between SpaceX and the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhaïlo Fedorov, as related The echoes. 10,000 additional satellite antennas which will be added to the 22,000 that Ukraine already has. An agreement that comes as Russia intensifies its strikes on Ukraine. The country’s communication infrastructure is particularly affected, and the satellite antennas produced by SpaceX make it possible in particular to connect to a broadband network, without having to go through official suppliers.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, behind the agreement, welcomed the good relations with Elon Musk’s company: “They react quickly to problems. Elon Musk tells us that he will continue to support the Ukraine. When we had a blackout, I contacted him the same day. He reacted immediately and has already taken action. He understands the situation.”

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Satellite antennas used since the beginning of the war

SpaceX’s support for Ukraine dates back to the early days of the Russian invasion. On February 28, the first satellites arrived at their destination. While Ukraine’s energy grid is in the throes of bombardment and the country faces numerous power cuts, Starlink antennas can still work in the event of a blackout. They have thus already been useful in coordinating the Ukrainian troops on the front of the city of Kherson.

Several European states will participate in the financing of the 10,000 new antennas promised by SpaceX, said the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, also indicating that “all financial problems had been resolved”. A reference to Elon Musk’s threat to stop funding the satellites deployed in Ukraine, before retracting after an appointment at the Pentagon.

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