SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Friday that his company is now focusing on cyber defense and overcoming jamming of signals from its Starlink internet satellites amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Musk and SpaceX sent Starlink terminals to Ukraine at the request of a government official after internet service was disrupted across the country by the Russian invasion. A shipment of Starlink Earth Terminals, which use an antenna and terminal to access satellite broadband service, arrived in Ukraine on Monday (February 28). With the terminals in use, SpaceX is working to keep them online, Musk said.
“Some Starlink terminals near conflict zones were blocked for several hours at a time,” Musk said. wrote in a statement on Twitter Friday (March 1). “Our latest software update bypasses the jamming.”
Related: How will Ukraine keep SpaceX’s Starlink internet service online?
Pictures: The Russian invasion of Ukraine as seen by satellite images
SpaceX reprioritized cyber defense and overcame signal jamming. Will cause slight delays in Starship & Starlink V2.March 5, 2022
Musk later said SpaceX is focused on keeping its Starlink service uninterrupted in Ukraine and likely elsewhere.
“SpaceX has reprioritized cyber defense and resolving signal jamming” he wrote on friday. Musk joked that the metrics were a bit of unexpected quality assurance work for the Starlink system.
Musk also said Starlink’s work “will cause slight delays to Starship & Starlink V2.”
SpaceX’s Starship is a giant reusable spacecraft designed to use a huge reusable booster called Super Heavy to launch deep space missions. NASA operated the Starship vehicle to land astronauts on the moon for its Artemis program. SpaceX hopes to launch the first orbital flight of an unmanned spacecraft within the next few months. Starlink V2 is SpaceX’s next-generation Starlink system that includes laser links between satellites and other enhancements.
Important disclaimer: Starlink is the only non-Russian communication system still functioning in parts of Ukraine, so the likelihood of being targeted is high. Please use with caution.March 3, 2022
After delivering Starlink terminals to Ukraine, Musk warned that the system could leave its users vulnerable to Russian military attacks.
“Important disclaimer: Starlink is the only non-Russian communication system still operating in parts of Ukraine, so the likelihood of being targeted is high. Please use it with caution,” Musk said. wrote on Twitter on Thursday (3rd of March).
On Thursday, March 3, SpaceX sent its latest batch of Starlink satellites into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket. This mission launched 47 new Starlink satellites into orbit from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. To date, SpaceX has launched more than 2,000 satellites into orbit, with plans for an initial megaconstellation of 12,000 to provide global broadband coverage.