Elon Musk may well pay dearly for his decision to provide the Ukrainian people with Starlink antennas. After the assassination attempt on the former director of the Russian space program, the country announced the confiscation of several such antennas. Subsequently, the government said it was working on its own satellite Internet proposal.
Last month, former director of the Russian space program Dmitry Rogozin was assassinated at the headquarters in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. According to the latter, the attack was partly coordinated by Western forces – which also prompted him to send a sample of the used projectile to Emmanuel Macron. And it may happen that Starlink ends up in the dock.
If Dmitry Rogozin did not directly name the Elon Musk program as the culprit, the latter nevertheless recently coordinated the confiscation of many antennas offered to the population of Ukraine by SpaceX. “We know the damage caused to us by the Starlink space communications systems used by the Ukrainian armed forces, as well as subscriber equipment,” he explained in an interview.
Russian military confiscated Starlink antennas donated to Ukrainians by SpaceX
So it seems that Russia did not really appreciate the impulse of Elon Musk’s philanthropy at the beginning of the war. Indeed, from the very beginning of the conflict, the country tried to undermine Ukrainian communications, in addition to the massive deployment of malware, in order to degrade the morale of the population. Despite everything, the Russian army seems to be aware of the usefulness of such equipment. Up to developing your own solution.
On the subject – Starlink: China can destroy Elon Musk’s satellites with nuclear weapons
“Of course, I believe that satellite communications should exist in the army,” explains Dmitry Rogozin, adding that prototypes “were used as exclusively civilian technologies” and this already gives “good results.” Rogozin also said that an anti-jamming technology is currently being developed. This may explain such a sudden interest of the Russian army in the SpaceX satellite system.