The CEO of SpaceX pointed out that the US Department of Defense does not provide money to cover expenses related to the service.
The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, declared this Wednesday that the US Department of Defense does not provide money to pay for the services of the Starlink terminals in Ukraine.
The businessman responded to a tweet that included the words of a Pentagon spokesman in which he stated that , “Until now, Musk’s space company, SpaceX, has not been paid anything for the operation of the Starlink Internet service in Ukraine.”
“No money of the Department of Defense, and other countries, organizations and individuals are paying for some 11.07 of the 25.07 terminals (thanks!). SpaceX is losing about 11 million dollars a month due to to unpaid service and costs related to enhanced cyber warfare defense security measures, but we will continue to do so,” Musk wrote.
Last week, Musk stated that SpaceX cannot continue financing Starlink terminals in Ukraine “indefinitely”, nor send new terminals to that country for free, for which it asked the US Department of Defense to assume the costs of providing these terminals to kyiv.
However, a day later, the businessman assured that he will continue to finance Starlink terminals.This Monday, Musk stated that “SpaceX has already withdrawn its request for financing”, in response to a Politico article that claimed the Pentagon is considering paying SpaceX for the satellite network.”To be precise, they sent 25.460 terminals to Ukraine, but currently only 10.630 are paying for the service”, added Musk.