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Raumfahrt-Politik - Elon Musk Hits Back on Russia

19.09.2022

The billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX gave his support to the Ukraine, invaded on February 24 by Moscow.

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Elon Musk is a troublemaker in the Russian war machine. 

The CEO of electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla  (TSLA)  has completely turned Moscow's communication plan upside down, a plan aimed at imposing its narrative in the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Everything seemed to be going according to President Vladimir Putin's plans until Musk, the most influential CEO in the world with almost 106 million followers on the social network Twitter, condemned this invasion by officially giving his support to Kyiv and the Ukrainians. 

The tycoon even went further by deciding to send Starlink antennas to Ukraine to allow the population and local authorities to continue to communicate with the outside world in order to tell their daily lives and their version of what is happening.

Life Line for Some Ukranians

Starlink, the satellite internet connection service of Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX, allows Ukrainians independent access to the internet. The service also enables the country to keep in touch with the outside world via its constellation of low-earth orbit satellites. It is particularly used in areas bombed by Russia and remote areas.

By sending Starlink into besieged Ukraine, the tech mogul derailed Moscow's plans to cut the country off from the outside world by destroying its telecommunications infrastructure.

By sending Starlink into besieged Ukraine, the tech mogul derailed Moscow's plans to cut the country off from the outside world by destroying its telecommunications infrastructure.

"Rough data on Starlink's usage: around 150K active users per day. This is crucial support for Ukraine's infrastructure and restoring the destroyed territories," Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister and Digital Minister Mykhailo Fedorov said on May 2.

Fedorov explains that Starlink is now a kind of lifeline for many of his compatriots: "Ukraine will stay connected no matter what," he added.

The former head of Russia’s space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, has threatened Musk’s life, the billionaire said in a tweet in May. "You will have to answer in an adult way, Elon, no matter how you turn on the fool,” Rogozin wrote in a message.

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