Last month, SpaceX wrote to the Department of Defense, requesting that the Pentagon assume responsibility for paying for Ukraine’s usage of its Starlink satellite internet. According to CNN, SpaceX informed the agency that continuous access would cost the corporation more than $120 million for the remainder of 2022 and about $400 million over the following year. “We are not in a position to continue donating terminals to Ukraine or funding the current terminals indefinitely,” the business noted.
Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, seems to have reversed course, announcing on Twitter that SpaceX would “continue sponsoring” the service in Ukraine.
After the letter became public, the Pentagon confirmed that it has been discussing payments with SpaceX, but it is also looking into alternatives, according to Sabrina Singh, the Pentagon’s deputy press secretary. “There are other entities that we can certainly partner with when it comes to providing Ukraine with what they need on the battlefield,” she said.