Game Changer. Elon Musk’s Starlink Satellite Communication System Has Been A Difference Maker For Ukraine.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a batch of 53 Starlink internet satellites lifts off from space launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, April 21, 2022. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

One of Ukraine’s most important allies, as they’ve defended themselves from an invasion by Russia, has been a satellite communication system, which has allowed them to coordinate counterattacks and call in support when they are under attack by using high-speed wif-fi internet service. 

Starlink, the company run by Elon Musk, has put 15,000 kits into Ukraine since the invasion began, which is a big reason why President Volodymyr Zelensky has been able to stay in touch with his people and the rest of the world. 

The service has been the only way for embattled Ukrainian citizens to stay in touch with loved ones inside and outside the country. One of the most valuable functions of Starlink has been its success in destroying the information campaign of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Right before Russian troops began their attacks, the Russian government launched something called “AcidRain” against a US satellite company providing services to the Ukrainian military, according to a story in Insider. The “AcidRain” attack targeted the modems and routers Ukrainian troops used with the intent to erase their data before they were completely disabled. 

Having access to Starlink satellites and keeping their communication lines open during the war, experts believe it has effectively allowed Ukraine to defend itself against Russian military and propaganda attacks. 

Since the war began, Russia has turned its attention towards attempting to jam and hack Starlink satellites, but Starlink uses low-orbit satellites that are very resilient and powerful because they work as a constellation, according to the Insider story. 

This has caught the attention of China, and in May, Chinese military researchers vowed to develop “soft and hard kill methods” that would allow them to disable or destroy an entire constellation of Starlink Satellites if they were engaged in battle. 

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