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Editor’s Note: This post was modified from its original to more clearly identify speculative content.

What’s New: SpaceX is blocking Ukraine from using Starlink for some military purposes

Why It’s Important: 

  • Starlink communications has been crucial to to the Ukrainian war effort.
  • According to a Univ. Texas paper, Starlink can be reverse engineered to provide PNT more resilient and reliable than GPS.
  • It is possible that Ukraine has done that and used Starlink for PNT in its drone attacks on Russia.
  • Elon Musk suggested Ukraine sacrifice Crimea to make peace with Russia.

Bigger Picture:

  • PNT use or denial can be used to influence a nation’s policy & war effort.
  • If your nation relies heavily day to day on PNT that can be denied by others, how sovereign is your country? Even if you are a superpower.


SpaceX admits blocking Ukrainian troops from using satellite technology – CNN