On Sunday, May 8, Musk tweeted a note that Rogozin, the director of the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos, allegedly sent to Russian media. The note stated that the U.S. military had handed over the hardware for SpaceX’s Starlink satellite Internet system to Ukrainian Marines and militants in the Nazi Azov Battalion. Elon Musk is therefore involved in supplying military communications equipment to fascist forces in Ukraine, Rogozin wrote, according to an English translation published by Musk.
And that’s why, Elon, you’re going to be responsible as an adult, no matter how stupid you are. Sounds a lot like a threat, as Musk acknowledged in a tweet. If you die in mysterious circumstances, I would be glad to meet you, he wrote. Musk’s mother, Maye, disliked the blatant response and tweeted “It’s not fun,” accompanied by two angry emojis. The billionaire businessman replied: I’m sorry! I will do my best to stay alive.
Starlink is SpaceX’s plan to deliver high-speed Internet from space. With Starlink, Musk aims to deploy high-speed Internet coverage worldwide to connect users out of reach of existing broadband networks by sending thousands of satellites into low Earth orbit. Starlink has already launched hundreds of satellites (more than 800) and has begun testing beta service in North America.
Testing for the Starlink network began last year, starting with the company’s employees. US satellite internet service has been approved in the UK since the beginning of the previous year and users are already receiving their kits. In France, the service is available from mid-term in 2021 at a cost of $ 99 a month, despite opposition from France Insoumise. Amazon’s Kuiper is another developing satellite-based Internet project that shares the same goals as Starlink for global expansion.
Musk does not seem to be very concerned about his safety, which is not surprising given that Rogozin is prone to hyperbole. For example, the head of Roscosmos has repeatedly suggested that Russia could abandon the International Space Station (ISS) program if sanctions imposed after the invasion were not lifted, but business continues more or less as usual in the laboratory. orbital.
Musk and Rogozin have already thrown spades at each other. In 2014, for example, Rogozin remarked that the United States should use a trampoline to bring its astronauts to the ISS. A reference to the fact that the nation, at that time, was completely dependent on Russian spacecraft for manned orbital missions. (Rogozin, who was Russia’s deputy prime minister at the time, was furious at the sanctions imposed shortly after the nation invaded and annexed Crimea, which was Ukrainian territory).
In May 2020, SpaceX put an end to this addiction by launching two NASA astronauts into the ISS on its historic Demo-2 mission. Just after that takeoff, Musk delivered a replica of Rogozin, which had been in preparation for six years: The Trampoline Works!
SpaceX, Musk and the US International Development Agency have been open to sending Starlink terminals to Ukraine, to help the country maintain part of its communications infrastructure during the ongoing invasion of Russia. Ukrainian officials requested this equipment in late February, shortly after the start of the invasion.
According to our information, the delivery and transfer to the Armed Forces of Ukraine of Starlink Internet Inbox and Transmission Boxes was carried out by the Pentagon. Thus, Elon Musk participated in the supply of military communication equipment to fascist forces in Ukraine. And you’ll have to answer for your actions as an adult, Elon, no matter how stupid you are.
And these devices are being used, says Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine. In a shared tweet on May 2, he says there are about 150,000 people who use Starlink every day to connect to the Internet. These devices can be powered by a stand-alone power supply.
The British media also reported that the Starlink network was assisting the pilot devices of the Ukrainian military drone unit used against the Russian army. Images of foreign volunteer soldiers also show that the army uses Starlink.
This is crucial support for the infrastructure of Ukraine and the restoration of the destroyed territories. Ukraine will stay connected no matter what, says Mykhailo Fedorov. According to some US media, almost a third of the 5,000 patch kits supplied to Ukraine were funded by the US government.
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