SpaceX will seek relief from US sanctions against Iran in order to offer the country its satellite internet service, company owner Elon Musk said on Monday.
“Starlink will seek exemption from sanctions against Iran,” Musk said in response to a tweet from a science journalist.
Musk initially announced that the Starlink satellite internet service was now available on every continent, “including Antarctica,” and the company plans to launch up to 42,000 satellites to expand connectivity.
Starlink, launched in late 2020, offers broadband access services to customers in areas underserved by fixed and mobile terrestrial networks via a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit.
The service rose to prominence after supplying antennas and modems to the Ukrainian military to improve their communications capabilities during the war with Russia.
Starlink monetizes through the purchase of antennas, modems, and subscriptions at prices that vary by country.
About 3,000 Starlink satellites have been deployed since 2019, and SpaceX is doing about one launch per week, using its own Falcon 9 rockets to speed up deployment.