In a tweet posted on February 26, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, in charge of the digital transition challenges Elon Musk asking him to activate its Starlink service in Ukraine.
Elon Musk will let it be known ten hours later that Starlink is active and terminals arrive in Ukraine. The question now is whether supply will be possible in such an unstable context. Indeed, to be able to operate the Starlink network requires specific equipment on Earth.
Practical help from the Starlink network
We saw from the start of the war that cyberattacks are a means of reaching a country in depth. The Starlink network would allow Ukrainians to reduce their exposure to Russian attacks by allowing internet connectivity to be maintained throughout Ukraine.
Following the Russian strikes, it became impossible in some regions or cities like Kharkiv to connect to the internet. Starlink would therefore allow Ukraine to stay connected despite the destruction of terrestrial infrastructure.
What is Starlink?
Starlink is a project led by Elon Muskits objective and be able to provide the world with a high-speed internet connection through a “constellation” which will eventually consist of 42,000 satellites. These satellites will be placed in low orbit (approximately 500 km from the ground). Its use requires a terminal and the payment of a monthly subscription.
The Starlink system, however, receives several criticisms. Professional astronomers fear that this increases light pollution, the satellites risk rendering the images unusable.
Others also fear a space traffic jam and the increase in space waste which would increase the risk of collision between the various machines. Elon Musk nevertheless communicated on it by affirming that all the satellites were equipped with a propellant capable of making them fall back to Earth at the end of their life.
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The Role of Business in a War
With this action, we see that corporations have an increasingly important role to play in wars. If Starlink manages to be installed in Ukraine, the network will probably be of great help in order to defend against the Russian invader.
We also see that social networks play a key role in the dissemination of information to the population. Twitter has imposed for some time a banner indicating to users the influence of different media. Sputnik and RT, defined as Russian propaganda by the European Union are clearly marked on their Twitter profiles as Russian-funded media. Twitter and then Meta have also been restricted by several internet service providers in Russia.
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