SpaceX – a company founded by Elon Musk with the express intention of colonizing Mars – has successfully stopped a Russian electromagnetic attack in Ukraine.
In March, Musk’s company worked at breakneck speed to halt Russian efforts to cut Ukrainians off the internet by blocking the country’s access to its Starlink satellite constellation.
Starlink is operated by SpaceX and offers internet coverage in 32 countries. The constellation consists of more than 2,000 mass-produced small satellites in low orbit that communicate with designated transceivers on the Earth’s surface.
When it became clear early in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine that the Russian government would target the Ukrainian people’s ability to communicate, Ukrainian officials asked Musk to step in and provide him with assistance.
Dave Tremper, director of electronic warfare at the Secretary of Defense’s Office, praised SpaceX’s ability to turn on a dime and quickly hampered Russia’s efforts to the Starlink satellite’s ability to provide broadband.
Defense Messages reported that Tremper said, “The next day [after reports about the Russian jamming effort hit the media]Starlink had hurled a line of code and fixed it, and suddenly this [Russian jamming attack] was no longer effective. Out of [the] The perspective of the EW technologist, that’s fantastic… and how they did it made my eyes water.”
Tremper noted that it would have taken the US government significantly longer to counter the Russian electromagnetic attack than Musk’s company.
Tremper said: “We need to be able to have that agility. We need to be able to change our electromagnetic posture to be able to very dynamically change what we’re trying to do without losing capability.”
Noting that electromagnetic warfare requires very finely tuned machinery and highly skilled operators, Tremper said the Russian invasion of Ukraine demonstrated the importance of ensuring American personnel were properly trained in electromagnetic warfare operations.
He said, “It’s a very difficult problem if you don’t have well-trained operators. The level of coordination and synchronization of this type of operation is such that it will be more difficult for the untrained operator to successfully complete these types of events.”
This isn’t the only time Elon Musk has thwarted Russian plans in the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
When the Russian government threatened to drop the International Space Station on Earth by no longer providing it with resources and technology to propel it, Musk said he would prevent the station from falling to the planet.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/-2657206014 Elon Musk and SpaceX foiled a Russian electromagnetic attack on Ukraine