Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

Latest Breaking News

Showing Original Post only (View all)


(4,420 posts)
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 02:25 AM Oct 2022

Exclusive: Musk's SpaceX says it can no longer pay for critical satellite services in Ukraine, asks [View all]

Source: CNN

Since they first started arriving in Ukraine last spring, the Starlink satellite internet terminals made by Elon Musk’s SpaceX have been a vital source of communication for Ukraine’s military, allowing it to fight and stay connected even as cellular phone and internet networks have been destroyed in its war with Russia.

So far roughly 20,000 Starlink satellite units have been donated to Ukraine, with Musk tweeting on Friday the “operation has cost SpaceX $80 million and will exceed $100 million by the end of the year.”

But those charitable contributions could be coming to an end, as SpaceX has warned the Pentagon that it may stop funding the service in Ukraine unless the US military kicks in tens of millions of dollars per month.

Documents obtained by CNN show that last month Musk’s SpaceX sent a letter to the Pentagon saying it can no longer continue to fund the Starlink service as it has. The letter also requested that the Pentagon take over funding for Ukraine’s government and military use of Starlink, which SpaceX claims would cost more than $120 million for the rest of the year and could cost close to $400 million for the next 12 months.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/13/politics/elon-musk-spacex-starlink-ukraine/index.html

Long title here is the full:

Exclusive: Musk’s SpaceX says it can no longer pay for critical satellite services in Ukraine, asks Pentagon to pick up the tab

There have already been reports of service outages. Further in the article sources claim this is the main way units on the battlefield communicate.
46 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
This is a rounding error in musk's wealth. Make him pay some tax for a change and use that. PSPS Oct 2022 #1
I'm calling BS on Elon Musk & SpaceX ... aggiesal Oct 2022 #2
Yup blue-wave Oct 2022 #3
NOT GOOD, Elon. truthisfreedom Oct 2022 #4
Knowing what we know now Grimelle Oct 2022 #24
The Ukrainian's lives are just pawns in Musk's game of revenge for... LudwigPastorius Oct 2022 #5
"Can no longer pay"?! Duppers Oct 2022 #6
Looks like Musk And Putin Did Talk DallasNE Oct 2022 #7
Yep. FM123 Oct 2022 #38
I read that article too blue-wave Oct 2022 #39
OK, Musk. Deduct it from the hundreds of millions.... SergeStorms Oct 2022 #8
I thought subsidies for EV's was one of the cornerstones of the Inflation Reduction Act? OnlinePoker Oct 2022 #20
Not when it's a scam. SergeStorms Oct 2022 #26
Battery swapping was not a scam OnlinePoker Oct 2022 #27
There were no batteries. SergeStorms Oct 2022 #41
SpaceX was paid by US to send some Starlink terminals to Ukraine despite claiming it wasn't. SunSeeker Oct 2022 #9
First, you get them addicted. They begin to need you. Simeon Salus Oct 2022 #10
This!!! Delmette2.0 Oct 2022 #19
Putin's latest Fluffer. Bohunk68 Oct 2022 #11
F**k Musk, F**k Sauidi Arabia, F**k all the autocrats JohnSJ Oct 2022 #12
Amateur Bond villain. C_U_L8R Oct 2022 #13
I think he's earned the nickname Musk-rat by now Maeve Oct 2022 #14
Is there a 'plan b' for this situation? EYESORE 9001 Oct 2022 #15
Maybe. 2naSalit Oct 2022 #18
No. former9thward Oct 2022 #36
since elon is our space program now DonCoquixote Oct 2022 #16
Sorry to say but... 2naSalit Oct 2022 #17
Musk working for the Russians? LiberalFighter Oct 2022 #21
Elon Musk is a lying POS. sinkingfeeling Oct 2022 #22
Hey Musk.......maybe it is time to start a letter campaign to ask that we the taxpayers turbinetree Oct 2022 #23
Tesla Taxes OhioTim Oct 2022 #25
so he wants to become the Hobby Lobby of IT????? dembotoz Oct 2022 #28
Bullshit! Oneironaut Oct 2022 #29
It is strange that companies are getting rich from supplying arms and other equipment to Ukraine ripcord Oct 2022 #30
Musk is a freaking traitor to the US. BradBo Oct 2022 #31
grifters grift Snoopy 7 Oct 2022 #32
I don't care if he can or can't pay relayerbob Oct 2022 #33
Makes one wonder if the system is compromised... malthaussen Oct 2022 #34
The US military industrial complex. THE welfare state. mjvpi Oct 2022 #35
So is he looking for the highest bidder situation here? bluestarone Oct 2022 #37
Why wouldn't that be treason? copperearth Oct 2022 #42
"Treason" requires a congressional declaration of war The Mouth Oct 2022 #43
So Musk got his payout from Putin? sybylla Oct 2022 #40
It was a mistake to rely on such a nutbar to provide such important communication systems LiberalLovinLug Oct 2022 #44
Yeah, in the past blue-wave Oct 2022 #45
Anyone who values money over EndlessWire Oct 2022 #46
Latest Discussions»Latest Breaking News»Exclusive: Musk's SpaceX ...