It looks like Elon Musk has officially activated Starlink internet service in Ukraine. Over the weekend, the Tesla CEO said SpaceX activated the service after kyiv officials lobbied for stations.
Elon Musk heard the call, and tweeted this weekend: “Starlink service is now active in Ukraine…more terminals on the way.”
Ukraine’s Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov lobbied for Musk’s help immediately after Russia invaded his country, according to a new Yahoo News report .
“While you are trying to colonize Mars — Russia is trying to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets are successfully landing from space — Russian rockets are attacking Ukrainian civilian population! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations,” he implored Musk on Twitter.
He further asked Musk to “address sane Russians to stand up” against the invasion of Russia. The country has seen a “series of significant internet service disruptions,” according to internet monitor NetBlocks.
Funnily enough, an unlisted video appeared on the internet about a week and a half ago showing how to set up and use the Powerwall as a mobile power station. The video emerged after Tesla sent equipment to Ukraine to try to help ensure uninterrupted internet access, Tesmanian writes .
The video shows how to deploy a mobile power station in minutes without removing the equipment from its box. To do this, you need to get the cables and connect them together in the correct order. The video also shows how the solar panels can be easily connected to the Powerwall, which will charge the battery, so you can have an independent power source even in the field.
Starlink hopes that its more than 2,000 satellites will help not only Ukraine, but also the rest of the planet, to have access to the internet.
Here is a copy of the installation video not listed on YouTube. It has been viewed nearly 14,000 times: