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Adeldor t1_jay1f1t wrote

No, he did not cut off service. Starlink provided service and hardware free of charge after the Ukrainian vice prime minister's plea for help. No one realized the war would drag on for as long as it has, and after a while Musk wanted the US to pay for future service, just like Raytheon et al are being paid.

Meanwhile, the service continues uninterrupted, with the quoted Ukrainian minister saying Musk is "one of the biggest private donors of our future victory."


Llanite t1_jayez0j wrote

He's such a shitty person for trying to get compensated for his work.

Reddit peak.


BackItUpWithLinks t1_jay076k wrote

Musk is shitty because Ukrainians agreed not to use it for offensive weapons and then used it for offensive weapons?

> “It was never intended to be weaponized, but the Ukrainians have leveraged it in ways that were unintentional and not part of any agreement,” SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said

I won’t be surprised if the next post complains that Musk is complicit in murders because starlink is being used for offensive weapons 🤦🏻‍♂️


simcoder t1_jay4u4v wrote

I think they may have nailed one of the problems right on the head.

A couple excerpts:

“Starlink is the densest patch of space that has ever existed,” Lawler says. The satellites are constantly navigating out of each other’s way to avoid collisions (SN: 2/12/09). And it’s a popular orbital altitude — Hubble is there, and so is the International Space Station and the Chinese space station.

So far, there are no international regulations to curb the number of satellites a private company can launch or to limit which orbits they can occupy.

The speed of commercial development is much faster than the speed of regulation change,” McDowell says. “There needs to be an overhaul of space traffic management and space regulation generally to cope with these massive commercial projects.”