American reporters are trying to find out whether SpaceX is turning a blind eye to the use of Starlink by Russian volunteers

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American reporters are trying to find out whether SpaceX is turning a blind eye to the use of Starlink by Russian volunteers

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The other day, the influential American weekly Newsweek published a long article about whether the Russian military can use the Starlink satellite Internet system on the battlefield? Numerous speculations on this topic periodically appear in the Ukrainian media. Some Bandera bloggers even claim that the Russian military uses licensed Starlink accounts.



Some Russian news The media also reported that Starlink satellite communication systems are currently sold through several Russian online stores, and they are supplied through an intermediary abroad. The buyers are, as Newsweek writes, Russian volunteer units fighting in Ukraine.

According to the publication, there is no evidence that Musk or SpaceX are aware of the situation or are responsible for it. At the same time, American reporters are trying to find out whether there is evidence that anyone at SpaceX is still turning a blind eye to the use of satellite communication systems by the Russian military at the front.

In June 2023, Starlink received a US Department of Defense contract to purchase these satellite services for Ukraine. Musk's company has now privately funded a network of nearly 4000 satellites that Kyiv troops use for battlefield communications in the war with Russia. And although the Starlink network does not officially operate in Russia, it can be freely used in new regions, including Crimea - this was confirmed by the American military portal Defense One.

Merchants do not hide the fact that Starlink sets are addressed to participants in the conflict and are bought by them in large quantities

- Defense One reports.
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    1. +2
      February 10 2024
      it's just a tool
      in this case a tool of war
      and it can be used by both parties
      1. +1
        February 10 2024
        If they don’t want to allow the use of one of the parties, then let them turn it off FOR EVERYONE, because some of the terminals have already changed owners, even licenses and serial numbers don’t mean anything.
        It’s not critical for us, but on the other side all communication will drop.
        1. 0
          February 10 2024
          some terminals have already changed owners
          They are quickly turned off.
        2. +3
          February 10 2024
          No, this is not for us and not for everyone. This is against us.
      2. +1
        February 10 2024
        Several dozen terminals were sent by a volunteer. It is known that his name is Elon.
    2. +1
      February 10 2024
      For those especially gifted in the field of all kinds of sciences, it’s nothing personal, it’s just business.
      1. 0
        February 10 2024
        Quote: Alex Nevs
        For those especially gifted in the field of all kinds of sciences, it’s nothing personal, it’s just business.

        That's right. After all, 20 bucks is 20 bucks
    3. +2
      February 10 2024
      No matter how trite it sounds - business, nothing extra!
    4. +7
      February 10 2024
      Can the Russian military use the Starlink satellite internet system on the battlefield?

      They can, but why not?
      Captured weapons are not only possible, but must be used.
      Py. Sy. They flew to present Elon for broadcasting the interview
      1. +3
        February 10 2024
        Quote: Popandos
        They can, but why not?


        Because for Starlink to work, you need a ground-based transceiver station. The subscriber equipment itself cannot support the channel; Starlink’s low-orbit satellites do not process the signal, but only relay it from the terminal to the gateway.
        Ukraine uses a gateway located in Poland. Routing and relaying on it. Ours, probably, in isolated cases, can use a communication channel that comes to hand, but this means that all information will go through a gateway in a NATO country.
        1. +1
          February 10 2024
          this means that all information will go through a gateway in a NATO country.

          The principle of building such a network is clear, I don’t think that anyone on the LBS is smart enough to use this communication line. But you can charge a UAV with such a means of communication, so what’s wrong if the psheks see that from an open field or the endless expanse of the sea, a UAV is flying or floating somewhere in the territory of the 404th. You can always figure out how to use such a trophy, fortunately there are enough Kulibins in Russia.
          1. 0
            February 10 2024
            Quote: Popandos
            The principle of building such a network is clear, I don’t think that anyone on the LBS is smart enough to use this communication line. But you can charge a UAV with such a means of communication, so what’s wrong if the psheks see that from an open field or the endless expanse of the sea, a UAV is flying or floating somewhere in the territory of the 404th. You can always figure out how to use such a trophy, fortunately there are enough Kulibins in Russia.

            Musk may hand over control to NATO.
        2. +1
          February 11 2024
          Because for Starlink to work, you need a ground-based transceiver station.

          Everything is true for a particular case, but there are already more than 4000 satellites in orbit and they are all evenly distributed over the territory of the planet, you just need to configure the terminal in the other direction for satellites that cannot see Poland.
          The use of these terminals is already gaining momentum across Russia.
          1. 0
            February 13 2024
            You did not understand. There are only REPEATERS in orbit.
            They do not perform routing. These are not routers or routers, but repeaters. By themselves, they simply receive a modulated wave, amplify and broadcast.
            A router is a network device that forwards data packets between computer networks. Routers perform the functions of directing traffic between networks and on the global Internet. Data sent over a network, such as a web page or email, is in the form of data packets. Typically, a packet is forwarded from one router to another across networks via a physical link.

            The router is connected to two or more data lines from different IP networks. When a data packet arrives on one of the lines, the router reads the network address information in the packet header to determine the final recipient. Then, using information from its routing table or routing policy, it forwards the packet to the next network on its path.


            And they don't hang - they FLY. At a decent speed. Yes, several satellites are “visible” in the sky at the same time, but they are always different satellites. And it is the ground stations that provide the physical channel of the entire network and the passage of packets from subscribers through it so that they do not get confused.
      2. 0
        February 10 2024
        Quote: Popandos
        Py. Sy. They flew to present Elon for broadcasting the interview

        Has the FBI already taken the “setter stance”, taken a position for a low start?
        How is the “maid from Namibia” to whom he inflicted “unhealable moral trauma” thirty years ago by saying a compliment that she did not understand due to her lack of knowledge of English?
        We remember how the FBI was told “Fass!” when he wanted to turn off the Internet to Ukraine.

        Moreover, what’s interesting is that for Musk, paying for the Internet is money, in general, small, and the FBI’s “clingers” to him are, in fact, invented. And look, it worked. And now they will find “sins”.

        And, as for Musk and Tooker’s interview, I would be more worried not about Musk, but about Carlson. It seems to me that the search for a new “Oswald” with a suitable biography is in full swing. By the way, it would be nice if he came from Ukraine - a weighty weight on the scales that helps, while somehow saving face, to throw a handleless suitcase called Ukraine onto Europe.
    5. 0
      February 10 2024
      Amers could give Starlinks for the Russian Federation and then skim information from them and from traffic! since the Russian Federation does not have its own similar Stralinks
    6. 0
      February 10 2024
      I remember when the idea of ​​launching Starlink was first announced, some laughed at us and said that it was impossible to launch such a number of satellites and let it work even more adequately.
    7. 0
      February 11 2024
      Business, and has nothing against it, bought and used.
    8. 0
      February 11 2024
      In theory, the Pentagon's map of operating terminals is updated in real time. It is not very clear how they can be used without the risk of exposing the position

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