Starlink devices for Ukraine
Russian space chief threatens Elon Musk
05/10/2022, 11:19 a.m. (updated)
At the beginning of March, the American billionaire Elon Musk made the Starlink system available to Ukraine. As expected, the aid is not well received in Moscow. The boss of the Russian space agency is now threatening the boss of Tesla with consequences. Musk countered the intimidation attempt on Twitter.
The head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, has threatened tech billionaire Elon Musk with consequences for providing Ukraine with satellite internet. Musk’s space company, SpaceX, provided the country attacked by Russia with facilities to use its Starlink satellite network. This gives you a fast internet connection from space. This is useful for Ukrainian authorities and troops when mobile communications and local Internet access fail. According to a Telegraph report, Ukrainian drone troops use the service in particular to attack Russian tanks and positions.
Rogozin wrote on the Telegram chat service that Musk was “involved in providing military communications to fascist forces in Ukraine.” He will have to answer “like an adult”. Musk responded overnight on Twitter with a joke: “If I were to die under mysterious circumstances – it was good to have known you.” Musk is also the boss of electric car maker Tesla and is currently trying to take over Twitter.
Roscosmos boss Rogozin is a strong supporter of the Russian attack on Ukraine and speaks, among other things, of a war in which Russia’s survival is at stake. He also wrote on Telegram on Sunday that the Russia could destroy NATO countries in a nuclear war in half an hour – “but we must not allow it because the consequences of an exchange of nuclear blows would affect the state of our earth”.
(This article was first published on Monday, May 09, 2022.)