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Musk asks Pentagon to pay for continuing satellite donations to Ukraine

The billionaire founder of SpaceX, Elon Muskhas asked the United States Department of Defense to take over cost to supply Satellite for Communications for UkraineSomething that was doing so for free until now.

As published this Thursday by the American channel CNN, SpaceX would have already informed the Pentagon that if it did not contribute tens of millions of dollars every month, charity may be nearing their end,

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Musk has been sending terminals of his satellite connection service spacex starlink To attempt to ease internet service interruptions caused by the bombings in Ukraine.

According to Musk himself, the operation has already cost SpaceX $80 million And it is expected to reach 100 million by the end of this year.



Last July, SpaceX launched a rocket with 53 compact broadband repeater stations for the Starlink Internet network, about to reach 3,000 from Cape Canaveral Air Base (Florida).

The new Starlink satellites were dropped into an orbit between an altitude of 144 miles and 209 miles (233 by 337 kilometers) and used onboard propulsion to reach a circular orbit of 335 miles (540 kilometers) above Earth.

Capacity up to 30,000 satellites

with this addition they are already 2,759 satellites Starlink Internet, which includes prototypes and test units that are no longer in service.


The dimensions of the prototype they have prepared are 64 square meters.

After reaching its operational orbit, Satellites entered commercial service and began to transmit broadband signals For consumers, who can purchase Starlink service and connect to the network with a ground terminal provided by SpaceX.

According to exclusive media, the network is more than 250,000 users It is allowed to launch another 12,000 satellites worldwide, but is seeking approval to deploy 30,000 more.

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