SpaceX owner Elon Musk announced on Saturday that his company will continue to pay for Starlink satellite internet service in Ukraine, a day after suggesting it cannot continue funding the project indefinitely.
“To hell with that. Despite the fact that Starlink is still losing money and other companies are receiving billions of dollars from taxpayers, we will continue to finance the government of Ukraine for free (sic),” the billionaire tweeted.
The hell with it … even though Starlink is still losing money & other companies are getting billions of taxpayer $, we’ll just keep funding Ukraine govt for free— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 15, 2022
Earlier, Elon Musk had said that his company will not be able to pay for Starlink satellite internet services in Ukraine, indefinitely confirming reports that SpaceX had informed the US military that it will not be able to fund satellite internet services. The Internet has played a vital role. role in Ukrainian communications amid the Russian invasion.
Furthermore, Elon Musk had also asked the US military to foot the bill.
“SpaceX isn’t asking to recoup past expenses, but neither can it fund the existing system indefinitely *and* ship several thousand more terminals that have up to 100 times more data usage than typical homes,” Elon Musk tweeted.
“This is not reasonable,” he had said.
Furthermore, Elon Musk also claimed that Starlink services in Ukraine had already cost SpaceX $80 million and are likely to exceed $100 million this year