Equipment Elon Musk Deployed to Ukraine Plays a Key Part Against Russia

Ukrainian military officials claim the Starlink processors that SpaceX founder Elon Musk gave to the country supplied them with an edge in their drone battle against encroaching Russian troops.

In the fight, which has been ongoing since February 24, Aerial Recon is being used to strike Russian UAVs. It’s also being used to target Vladimir Putin’s army of tanks and hunt down their positions, according to the Daily Mail. 

Call For Help

“Drones in the field will be able to use the currently available Starlink to stay connected and offer intelligence when internet and energy outages afflict Ukraine,” the statement reads in part.

“The drones may be commanded to deliver anti-tank bombs to assist the United States in repelling the Russian invasion.”

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said earlier this month its Starlink satellite broadband provider was now accessible in Ukraine, with more nodes on their way to the country. 

Musk’s statement came in reply to a request on Twitter from Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister, Mykhailo Fedorov.

“The Starlink service is currently operational in Ukraine,” Musk answered the tweet. “There are more terminals on the way.”

“Starlink delivers high-speed, low-latency wideband internet access to customers worldwide,” says the company. “Orders are processed on a first-come, first-served manner within each coverage region.”

Starlink uses modern satellites in a low orbit to allow people to do things like video chat, work on their computers, and stream high data rate services previously impossible with satellite internet.

In addition, the business stated that Starlink is “particularly suited for locations where connection has been intermittent or altogether missing.”

“Starlink is being used by people worldwide to obtain access to education, health services, and even communications help during natural catastrophes,” says the organization.

Warnings of Possible Attack

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk later issued a warning that anyone utilizing the company’s Starlink interfaces in Ukraine was in great danger of being attacked by the Russians.

This is because the terminals were among the few surviving operational databases on the ground.

According to Musk, “an important alert: Starlink is the only non-Russian communication device still operational in some regions of Ukraine, and the likelihood of it being targeted is high. Please use caution before using it.”

When later asked how users could proceed with caution when using the system, Musk said, “Turn on Starlink only when necessary and install antennas as far away from people as possible.”

Later, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed Musk in a tweet, writing: “Had a great conversation with Elon Musk. I’m thankful to him for his support of Ukraine.”

“The delivery of another batch of Starlink systems for damaged cities is scheduled to begin next week. The group spoke about potential space initiatives. However, I’ll address this issue after the battle.”