SpaceX recently sent a letter to the Department of Defense last month, asking the Pentagon to take over paying for Ukraine’s use of its Starlink satellite internet. According to CNN, SpaceX told the department that continued access would cost the company over $120 million for the rest of 2022 and almost $400 million over the next 12 months. “We are not in a position to further donate terminals to Ukraine or fund the existing terminals for an indefinite period of time,” the company wrote.
Now, company chief, Elon Musk, seems to have backtracked, writing on Twitter that SpaceX will “keep funding” the service in Ukraine.
The Pentagon confirmed after the letter became public that it’s been discussing payments with SpaceX, but it’s also looking into alternatives. Sabrina Singh, the Pentagon’s deputy press secretary, said: “There are other entities that we can certainly partner with when it comes to providing Ukraine with what they need on the battlefield.”
– Mat Smith
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