SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Friday that his company is now focusing on cyber defense and overcoming signal jamming of its Starlink internet satellites amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. .
Musk and SpaceX sent Starlink terminals to Ukraine at the request of a government official after the Russian invasion disrupted internet service across the country. A shipment of Starlink terrestrial terminals, which use an antenna and terminal to access satellite broadband service, arrived in Ukraine on Monday, February 28). With the terminals in use, SpaceX is working to keep them online, Musk said.
“Some Starlink terminals near conflict areas were stuck for several hours at a time,” Musk wrote in a Twitter statement Friday (March 1). “Our latest software update prevents interference.”
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SpaceX again prioritized cyber defense and overcoming signal interference. It will cause slight delays in Starship and Starlink V2.March 5, 2022
Musk later said that SpaceX is shifting its focus to keeping its Starlink service uninterrupted in Ukraine and likely elsewhere.
“SpaceX has returned to prioritizing cyber defense and overcoming signal interference.” wrote on friday. Musk joked that the measurements were an unexpected quality control job for the Starlink system.
Musk also said that the work on Starlink “will cause slight delays in Starship & Starlink V2.”
SpaceX’s Starship is a giant reusable spacecraft designed to use a huge reusable booster called the Super Heavy to launch missions into deep space. NASA has harnessed the Starship vehicle to bring astronauts to the moon for its Artemis program. SpaceX hopes to launch the first orbital flight of an uncrewed Starship in the coming months. Starlink V2 is SpaceX’s next-generation Starlink system that includes inter-satellite laser links and other enhancements.
Important caveat: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still working in parts of Ukraine, so the probability of being targeted is high. Use it with caution.March 3, 2022
After delivering Starlink terminals to Ukraine, Musk warned that the system could make its users vulnerable to Russian military attacks.
“Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still operating in parts of Ukraine, so the probability of being attacked is high. Use with caution,” Musk wrote on Twitter on Thursday (March 3rd).
On Thursday (March 3), SpaceX launched its latest batch of Starlink satellites into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket. That mission launched 47 new Starlink satellites into orbit from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. To date, SpaceX has launched more than 2,000 satellites into orbit, with plans for an initial mega-constellation of 12,000 to provide global broadband coverage.