To combat the current unfortunate conditions of Ukraine, the world’s richest man Elon Musk has extended his helping hand to the country under attack by Russia. Musk who is the CEO of the electric car giant Tesla Inc. and aerospace manufacturer SpaceX is providing Ukraine with his revolutionary products like Powerwall and Starlink.
Tesla has begun shipping out it’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery stationary home energy storage product Powerwall to the war struck country in its attempt to assist other electric vehicle manufacturers of Ukraine. The American clean energy company has also announced that it will be expanding its free supercharging services in Ukraine’s neighbouring countries.
Furthermore, Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedovor notified via a tweet that another shipment of Starlink terminals arrived in Ukraine early Thursday. The minister in his tweet informed about the arrival of more Starlink satellite terminals and expressed his gratitude to the Tesla CEO Musk. He wrote, “Received the second shipment of Starlink stations! @elonmusk keeps his word! Thank you for supporting Ukraine and peace in the entire world! @OMarkarova thanks!”
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Last month after Kyiv experienced disruptions in communications systems due to the Russian shellings. Mykhailo Fedovor appealed to Elon Musk for help by asking for his Starlink services to the country. Fedovor tweeted, “While you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand. (sic).” to which Elon later replied, Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route.
Starlink is a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX providing satellite Internet access coverage to most of the Earth. The constellation has grown to over 1,700 satellites through 2021, and will eventually consist of many thousands of mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), which communicate with designated ground transceivers. While the technical possibility of satellite internet service covers most of the global population, actual service can be delivered only in countries that have licensed SpaceX to provide service within any specific national jurisdiction. As of February 2022, the beta internet service offering is available in 29 countries.
Just a few days back Tesla also announced that the company workers that hail from Ukraine who have been called to defend their nation will be paid for at least three months. The Ukrainian employees across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will be paid for the next three months. After three months, the company will reassess the Russia-Ukraine war and their employees’ situations to decide what more will be needed.
Earlier this month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also discussed future space projects of Ukraine with Tesla Founder and CEO Elon Musk, over a zoom call. Zelensky via Twitter shared, “Talked to @elonmusk. I’m grateful to him for supporting Ukraine with words and deeds. Next week we will receive another batch of Starlink systems for destroyed cities. Discussed possible space projects. But I’ll talk about this after the war,”
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