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SpaceX has sent a letter to the Pentagon asking them to pay a bill to fund the aerospace giant’s Starlink satellite internet service in Ukraine.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk said in an October 7 tweet that Starlink in Ukraine cost the company $80 million and will top $100 million by the end of the year. The letter, which was obtained and first published by CNN, claims that funding for Starlink in Ukraine will cost more than $120 million before the end of the year and could be worth around $400 million over the next 12 months.

“SpaceX is not asking for a refund of past expenses, but also cannot fund the existing system indefinitely *and* ship several thousand more terminals that use 100 times more data than typical households,” Musk tweeted Friday. “It’s unreasonable.”

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Musk stressed that in addition to the terminals, SpaceX will have to create, launch, maintain and replenish satellites and ground stations, pay telecommunications companies for Internet access through gateways, and defend against cyber attacks and jamming.

“Incineration is approaching $20 million a month,” he added.


To date, SpaceX has sent about 20,000 Starlink terminals to Ukraine.

Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh confirmed that the Department of Defense received the letter from SpaceX.

“We are in touch with SpaceX on this and other issues,” Singh said.

The letter comes after Musk caused a storm on Twitter earlier this month by posting a poll on Twitter asking respondents to weigh in on a series of proposals for getting Ukraine-Russia world.

The proposal included repeat elections in the annexed regions under the supervision of the UN, the formal inclusion of Crimea into Russia, the provision of water supply to Crimea, and the preservation of the neutrality of Ukraine. About 59% of respondents voted against and 40.9% of respondents voted in favor.

Musk said such a scenario is “highly likely” as a result of the Russian-Ukrainian war, noting that it’s “a matter of how many people will die before then.” He also argued that nuclear war was a “possible, albeit unlikely, outcome” of the conflict.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky conducted his own poll on Twitter asking: “Which @elonmusk do you like best?” with options including who supports Ukraine and who supports Russia.

Musk responded to the poll by writing: “I remain very supportive of Ukraine, but I am convinced that a massive escalation of the war will cause great harm to Ukraine and possibly the entire world.”

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, responded to Musk’s poll by tweeting, “Fuck off – this is my very diplomatic response to you.”

“The only result is that now no Ukrainian will EVER buy your fucking Tesla crap,” he added in a separate tweet. “So good luck to you.

On Friday, Musk said that SpaceX just following Melinck’s advice after the Pentagon letter appeared.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on Friday that Musk helped Ukraine “get through the most critical moments of the war” and that the country would find a solution to keep Starlink going.

“We expect the company to provide stable communications until the end of negotiations,” Podolyak added.

The Department continues to work with industry to find solutions for the Ukrainian military that repel Russia’s brutal and unprovoked aggression,” Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder told FOX Business.

SpaceX, which did not immediately respond to a FOX Business request for comment, has launched more than 3,000 Starlink satellites to date. Starlink, which is available on all seven continents including Antarctica, has a global user base of over 400,000 subscribers.