Elon Musk’s SpaceX Sends Thousands of Starlink Satellite Dishes to Ukraine, Chief Executive Says

A batch of Starlink satellite dishes from SpaceX, also known as terminals, arrive in Ukraine.

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WASHINGTON — SpaceX has shipped “thousands” of Starlink satellite internet kits to Ukraine, company president Gwynn Shotwell told CNBC Tuesday.

Elon Musk’s space company began sending shipments of Starlink satellite kits, which come with an antenna, a tripod mount and a Wi-Fi router, to Ukraine shortly after the Russian invasion. Ukrainians can use Starlink kits to connect directly to the SpaceX network in orbit, as the company has launched about 2,000 satellites to date.

“I am proud that we were able to provide terminals to people in Ukraine. I think it’s been extremely helpful to keep people connected,” Shotwell said during a panel at the Satellite 2022 conference in Washington, DC.

Musk sent Starlink terminals to Ukraine after Ukrainian official Mikhail Fedorov asked the CEO for help while Russian attacks disrupted the internet in the country.

Shotwell, who spoke to CNBC after the panel, did not provide more specifics on the number of plates the company shipped to Ukraine. She added that most of the funding for the Starlink kits came from private sources, but added that “France helped” and “I think Poland is helping.”

“I don’t think the US has given us any money to give the terminals to Ukraine,” Shotwell said.

The French and Polish embassies in the US did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.

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