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Musk praises Starlink expansion — Analysis

Satellite service is available “on all continents” – but not in countries disliked by the US government

Elon Musk, founder of Starlink, announced Monday that the satellite internet service he has launched is now Starlink “active”On all continents. A service map published by the company, however, shows current availability only in parts of the Americas, Europe, and Australia – with Russia, China and several other countries on the US “naughty”List grayed out.

“Starlink is now active on all continents, including Antarctica,” Musk tweetedThis will be Monday morning.

The map on the Starlink website has yet to be updated to reflect that claim, showing Antarctica in gray – just like Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Belarus, Russia, and China. Satellite internet is only available in North America’s western region, Chile and southern Brazil. It also works for parts of Australia, most EU countries, and some of Europe.

Ukraine has been shown in “waitlist”It is not shaded but it has been classified. Musk personally dispatchedStarlink Terminals were donated to Kiev in the early part of this year and received regulatory approval in June. While Starlink has donated more than 3,600 terminals – and the internet service – the US government has paid for another 1,300 or so, according to the Washington Post.




Russia has been critical of the use of these devices by Ukraine’s military. Konstantin Vorontsov is the Russian representative to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs working group. He stated last week: “the use by the US and its allies of the elements of civilian, including commercial, infrastructure in outer space for military purposes”Was “provocative”Possibly in contravention of the Outer Space Treaty

“It seems like our colleagues do not realize that such actions in fact constitute indirect involvement in military conflicts. Quasi-civilian infrastructure may become a legitimate target for retaliation,”Vorontsov was added.

Musk responded to this on Friday tweetingThis “Starlink is meant for peaceful use only.” 

SpaceX currently has over 3,000 Starlink satellites orbiting the earth and plans to launch roughly 40,000 more in the future. Musk might have to cope with the expected rise in solar flare activity in 2025. According to Newsweek, 38 satellites launched in February were damaged by a flare that caused them to lose orbital insertion.



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