Elon Musk’s immediate response to equip Ukraine with a constellation of Starlink satellites within hours of Russia’s invasion Feb. 24, offers insight into the SpaceX CEO’s rapid business dealings.
It also explains how, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy puts it, Ukraine keeps defying expectations in its defense against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces.
The day after the invasion by 140,000 Russian troops began into Ukraine, Musk called a meeting of SpaceX executives and said, “‘I want to get Starlink up over Ukraine,'” says Brig. Gen. Steve Butow, director of the space portfolio at the Defense Innovation Unit, the Pentagon’s outpost in Silicon Valley, Politico reports. Shortly thereafter, 50 SpaceX Starlinks were operational.
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