Elon Musk’s SpaceX helped Ukraine with Starlink internet satellite dishes: Company chairman

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SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell recently said the company sent dozens of Starlink satellite internet kits to Ukraine.

Shortly after the Russian invasion, Elon Musk’s space company began shipping Starlink satellite kits to Ukraine, which include an antenna, mounting tripod and Wi-Fi router.

Ukrainians can use Starlink kits to connect directly to SpaceX’s orbital network, which totals around 2,000 satellites.

During a panel discussion at the Satellite 2022 conference in Washington, DC, Shotwell said, “I’m proud that we were able to get the terminals to people in Ukraine. It was extremely helpful, I think, in making sure people were still communicating.

After Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov approached Musk for help amid attacks from Russia disrupting internet service in the country, the billionaire had Starlink terminals supplied to Ukraine.

However, Shotwell did not have a more precise figure for the number of dishes the company had supplied to Ukraine. CNBC later reported it as saying that the Starlink kits were mostly funded by private sources, but “France helped and I think Poland is helping.”

“I don’t think the United States gave us money to give terminals to Ukraine,” she added.

HELP FROM ALL QUARTERS

Besides Musk’s company, other private companies are also helping Ukraine in times of war.

For example, Eurostar, the cross-Channel rail operator, has announced that Ukrainian nationals traveling to London with a valid UK visa will receive free tickets.

According to reports, PayPal Holdings Inc, a payments provider, has shut down its services in Russia, citing current circumstances, joining a host of other financial and digital companies that have halted operations following the Ukrainian incursion.

Airbnb said it would provide 100,000 Ukrainian refugees with free temporary accommodation. The company will cover the full cost of their stay.

Apple has halted product sales and limited the availability of Apple Pay and other services. It also blocked both traffic and live events on Apple Maps in Ukraine, citing concerns that Russia could hold gatherings of large numbers. Meanwhile, RT and Sputnik apps have been removed from the App Store outside of Russia.

Google has also made changes to traffic incidents to protect Ukrainians. It also blocked RT and Sputnik on YouTube in Europe and updated its search and map services in Ukraine to provide alerts to UN resources for people seeking information on refugees and asylum. .

Similarly, Meta has also restricted RT and Sputnik in Europe, and it fact-checks and removes anything war-related that is posted on its platforms. They also strengthen their privacy and security measures to avoid being hacked.

Another tech giant Microsoft, in addition to halting product sales and removing RT from its app store, has detected and advised Ukrainian authorities on cyberattacks and will continue to do so in the future.

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