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Pentagon 'assessing options' to keep Ukraine connected to Starlink satellites

by The Kyiv Independent news deskOctober 15, 2022 4:05 am

After reports surfaced on Oct. 14 that Elon Musk's SpaceX had sent a letter last month to the Pentagon with a request to take over funding for Ukraine's use of Starlink satellites, a senior defense official said the U.S. was assessing its options and trying to do what it can "to help keep these satcoms for the Ukrainian forces," according to a U.S. Defense Department news release. 

In the letter, SpaceX claimed taking over the funding for the satellites would cost the Pentagon more than $120 million for the rest of the year and could cost close to $400 million for the next 12 months. 

So far roughly 20,000 Starlink satellite units have been donated to Ukraine, CNN.

The Kyiv Independent news desk
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