Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet Has Proven “Very Effective”

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Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet Has Proven “Very Effective” in Aiding Ukrainian Military Forces.  

While Ukraine faces an overwhelming Russian invasion with a lack of support from Western nations, America’s greatest modern innovator, Elon Musk, came to the rescue. Ukrainian forces have been severely limited due to Russia disrupting internet and communication methods. Elon Musk quickly answered the Ukrainian plea, supplying internet throughout the country via his Starlink satellite internet system on February 28th. 

On February 26th, Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov reached out to Musk on Twitter:

That same day, Musk responded, stating: 

Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route.

On Monday, February 28th, the satellites for Starlink arrived in Ukraine, as confirmed by the Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister:

Elon Musk issued the following stoic reply: 

You are most welcome.

Now, nearly a month later, Vice Prime Minister Federov has concluded that the Starlink internet service has been “very effective”.

There are over 5,000 Starlink terminals in Ukraine now with new shipments coming every other day. 

The implementation of Starlink in Ukraine greatly shifted the tides of the Russian invasion as it revived Ukrainian military communication logistics. In the modern era, logistics is one of the most important factors to military victory.

Starlink is a satellite-based internet constellation that blankets connected areas with high-speed broadband. 

Download speeds with Starlink are much faster than with traditional land-based internet. With over 2,000 Starlink satellites deployed that operate 340 miles high, SpaceX can provide continuous coverage and amazingly fast upload speeds to connected regions. 

What makes Starlink ideal for this military conflict is that it can remain active even through the ravages of war. Since it operates via satellite and can spread internet to regions where ground infrastructure has yet to be installed, Russian ground attacks cannot easily disrupt the services. Elon’s company, SpaceX, explains the efficiency of Starlink in this way: 

Starlink is ideally suited for areas where connectivity has been unreliable or completely unavailable. People across the globe are using Starlink to gain access to education, health services and even communications support through natural disasters.

The only concern with Starlink satellites is that they could become the target of attack. Russia has a long history of targeting satellite communications. While this does mean that Starlink isn’t completely impervious to Russian interference, it will still greatly aid the Ukrainian military efforts for now. Elon Musk warned Ukrainians of these concerns in the following tweet: 

It is extremely disappointing that the leader of the free world, President Biden, has handled the invasion of Ukraine so poorly. Throughout the days leading up to the conflict, Biden constantly reassured Putin that U.S. forces “are not and will not be engaged in the conflict.” While Americans do not want to be drawn into a European war, you sacrifice military deterrence by informing enemies that you are unwilling to take a stand against them. 

Despite the failings of President Biden, the U.S. has been able to come to the aid of Ukraine through the efforts of their leading tech entrepreneur, Elon Musk. By reimplementing internet services in Ukraine, Musk has done much more for the nation than the Biden administration has. 

Dave Brown is the Co-Founder and head writer for The Great American Syndicate. Follow Dave on Instagram at @davebrownlive

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