Elon Musk reject Ukraine Starlink request(image credits: google)

Elon Musk reject Ukraine Starlink request in Sevastopol, Crimea, due to concerns about aggressive military actions. Musk confirmed that he had previously declined a Ukrainian request to activate his Starlink satellite network in the port city of Sevastopol in Crimea last year. The request was allegedly aimed at supporting Ukrainian attacks on Russian positions in the region.

Musk explained that he rejected the request because the terms of Starlink’s service explicitly prohibit its use for aggressive military activities. According to CNN’s report, this comment from the world’s wealthiest individual, Walter Isaacson, follows the upcoming biography “Elon Musk,” which reveals that when Russian drones laden with explosives approached the Russian border last year, they lost connectivity, and there was no danger. Musk’s decision to deactivate Starlink during this incident reportedly stemmed from his fear that Russia could respond with nuclear weapons to Ukrainian attacks, a concern fueled by his discussions with senior Russian officials and concerns about the potential “Mini-Pearl Harbor” scenario.

Elon Musk reject Ukraine Starlink request
Elon Musk reject Ukraine Starlink request (image credits: google)

Isaacson’s social media post clarified that Ukraine mistakenly assumed that Starlink coverage extended to Crimea. They contacted Musk to enable it for their drone attacks near the Russian border, a request he apparently declined due to concerns it might trigger a major conflict.

In response, Musk stated in an Instagram post on Saturday, “Our service terms explicitly prohibit Starlink for use in aggressive military actions because we are a civilian system, so they were asking for something that was clearly against the rules.”

Musk also mentioned that SpaceX is developing Starshield for the U.S. government, a system similar to Starlink but on a smaller scale and dedicated to civilian use.

Crimea has been under Russian control since 2014, with the Black Sea port city of Sevastopol serving as a key location.

Why did Elon Musk reject Ukraine Starlink request
Elon Musk reject Ukraine Starlink request (image credits: google)

Starlink is a satellite constellation consisting of thousands of satellites orbiting at an altitude of 550 kilometers, providing internet services worldwide. The advantage of Starlink over traditional geostationary satellites that orbit at much higher altitudes is its ability to offer high-speed, low-latency internet services. Starlink claims to provide latency as low as 20 milliseconds, compared to over 600 milliseconds for traditional satellites.

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