- SpaceX’s COO reportedly said he had no intention of “weaponizing” Starlink during the war.
- Gwynne Shotwell claimed that the Ukrainian military used the Starlink Internet in an “unintended” way.
- Ukraine used Starlink drones to help destroy Russian tanks, The Times reported last year.
she told the Federal Aviation Administration meeting In Washington DC on Wednesday, SpaceX said it was aware that the Ukrainian military was using Starlink for communications in the conflict with Russia.
But Shotwell claimed that Ukraine used Starlink “in a way that was unintentional and not part of the agreement,” according to a Space News report.
According to Space News, SpaceX’s COO said, “We are really happy to be able to provide connectivity to Ukraine and help them in their fight for freedom.” We used it in a way that was unintentional and not part of the agreement.”
Shotwell said SpaceX has taken steps to limit the use of Starlink in offensive operations by the Ukrainian military, according to Space News and other reports.
After speaking at the conference, Shotwell told the media about reports of the Ukrainian military using Starlink on drones, according to Space News and other news outlets.
SpaceX and the Ukrainian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment outside of normal US working hours.
Star Links terms of service It states that the Service is “not designed or intended for use in offensive or defensive weaponry or other similar end uses.”
Musk used to murmured Regarding Starlink being used for “peaceful use only” and prohibited from use in long-range drone strikes.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, SpaceX has provided thousands of Starlink dishes to Ukrainians to help keep the Ukrainian military online.one soldier Said A British reporter said satellite services “turned the war in Ukraine’s favor”.