KIEV, UKRAINE: Elon Musk’s Starlink system is giving Ukraine forces an advantage as the country fights back with technology to track down invaders. As of February 24, the conflict in Ukraine has been going on for more than a month. Aerorozvidka (Aerial Reconnaissance) is being used to attack Russian drones, target Vladmir Putin’s tanks, and find out where they are. Drones that work in the field can use the new Starlink technology to stay connected and get information even though Ukraine is having problems with the internet and power grids. With the new technology, the drones can be told to drop anti-tank munitions to help stop the Russians from coming over and taking over.
So far, the satellites have been a success in protecting the war-torn country. Musk, who recently challenged Vladimir Putin to a fight for the future of Ukraine, said earlier this month that SpaceX would send more Starlink satellite stations to some of the country’s most devastated cities. He thanked him on Twitter and asked him to come to Ukraine when the war was over. There are still more Musk satellites coming.
In the early hours of Saturday, 53 more Starlink internet satellites were launched into space by a rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This added to the growing surveillance network. That’s what SpaceX said on Saturday. The 230-foot Falcon 9 rocket didn’t go wrong, the company said. PD-1 unmanned aerial vehicles with infrared sensors are also being used by the Ukrainians to help them fight the Russians.
They have wings that are 10 feet long and can get important information about the movements of Russian troops. Ukraine has a Delta system, which has been perfected over the last few years with help from Western experts. It can be used with simple laptops, and it has software called situational awareness. This software uses images from drones, satellites, human intelligence, and sensors; to build a physical picture of the enemy and help soldiers track them down.
There was a Sea Breeze military exercise in the Black Sea in 2021 that included the United States, Ukraine, and more than 30 other countries. It is thought that the system, which is on par with similar NATO technology, was used in this exercise. The Ukrainians have made the system even better with help from Western countries; that have better radio communications than Soviet-era technology. The US is said to have spent a lot of money on a system to stop Russian hackers from getting into the system. Over the last week, the US has given about $1 billion in new aid to Ukraine.
Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States, said on Wednesday how much military aid the U.S. is already giving to Ukraine and how much more it will give, after President Petro Poroshenko recorded an impassioned plea for help from the superpower.
Biden called Zelensky’s speech convincing and significant on Wednesday; as he announced an extra $800 million in military aid for Ukraine; on top of the $13.6 billion in aid the country has already received. This money comes from a spending bill signed into law on Tuesday, and it includes anti-armor and anti-air systems; that Ukraine needs to fight back against Russia.
It uses a lot of small satellites that are about 340 miles above the earth’s surface. On Earth, there are base stations that send radio waves up to the satellites; which send them back down to a satellite dish terminal back on Earth. A big goal of the system is to make the internet available to people who live; in rural and under-served parts of the world. It has made it easier for internet connections to move quickly; with more speed because they travel through space.
The lower orbit of Starlink also makes it easier for signals to move faster. More than 2,000 satellites were sent into space so far; and there are plans to launch about 12,000. Drone armies in Ukraine, known as Aerorozvidka; can now use the system to keep in touch with their bases by sending signals from Starlink terminals and using ground stations in nearby countries, like Poland.
The Aerorozvidka unit was formed in 2014 after the war in eastern Ukraine started. It was made up of people who were interested in model planes and people; who had a background in engineering.