Elon Musk sends Starlink broadband technology to Ukraine after Russian airstrikes, cyber attacks compromise Internet access.
The tweet provoked an almost immediate reaction from Roscosmos, the head of the Russian space agency, who has been at war with Musk in the past.
“You, little devil, are still young,” wrote Dmitry Rogzin, director general of Roscosmos since 2018. “Compete with me weakly; it will only be a waste of time. Get over my brother first.”
Rogozin then Russian poet A.S. Pushkin quotes the 17th fairy tale, entitled “The Priest’s Story and His Workman Balda.” The story is about a lazy Russian orthodox priest who chooses a common man as a cheap laborer, who in the end surpasses his master and in the end drives him crazy.
Elon Musk warns Russian airstrikes could target Ukraine’s Starlink satellite.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Fedorov shouted: “I’m sure that Elon Musk can send Putin to Jupiter.”
Fedorov has been raising funds for weeks to launch Putin into space, saying the proceeds could go to repair damaged Ukrainian infrastructure.
The fourth round of talks between Russian and Ukrainian dignitaries has been under way since Monday, when Putin first launched an invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Since the beginning of the war, Musk has been sending shipments to the SpaceX Starlink terminal, which Ukraine faced in the face of Russian shelling and cyber-attacks to reduce Internet disruptions.
A historic turning point in the war after the advent of social media, it was Fedorov who first tweeted Musk on February 26, writing, “When you try to colonize Mars – Russia tries to occupy Ukraine … when your rocket successfully lands from space. – Russian rockets attack Ukrainian citizens! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink station and call on intelligent Russians to stand up. ”
Musk calmly responded that the Sterlink service was now active in Ukraine and was on its way to more terminals.
Amid concerns that in Russian controlled airspace, the “uplink” transmissions could be used as beacons for Russian airstrikes, Musk warned Ukrainian users to place antennas as far away from people as possible and to cover them with light camouflage. Fedorov thanked Starlink for keeping cities connected but also warned generators were needed as Russian shelling was destroying infrastructure. Musk said he was working to update the software to reduce peak power consumption, ideally so terminals could be powered with cigarette lighters.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Musk for “supporting Ukraine in word and deed” and said he would receive another batch of Starlink systems for the destroyed cities this week.
According to its website, Starlink uses advanced satellite in a low orbit to enable video calls, online gaming, streaming and other high data that has not historically been possible via satellite internet. In a public speech shared in the Telegram, Rogzin condemned the installation of “civilian” technology before the mask during a military confrontation in an attempt to disrupt Russian interests in Ukraine.
Earlier this month, Rogzin told Russian state-run media that Moscow would no longer supply rocket engines to the United States after President Biden’s economic sanctions in the Ukraine war.
“Under such circumstances, we cannot supply the United States with the best rocket engine in the world,” he said, according to Reuters. “Let them fly in something else, their broom. I don’t know what.”
Last Wednesday, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched 48 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. In the launch video, an unnamed launch director is heard announcing, “It’s time to let the American broom fly and hear the sound of freedom.”