Elon Musk Rejects Ex-NASA Astronaut’s Request For Starlink Link Access In Ukraine Says ‘This Could Lead To WWIII’ – Science

Starlink satellites are the focal point of a lot of drama lately. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, recently stated that Ukraine is not permitted to use its Starlink internet connection for military drones, including for drone piloting.

Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly was dissatisfied with Elon Musk’s actions and tagged him in a tweet on Saturday, requesting him to “restore the full functionality” of SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellite systems in Ukraine. You can see the tweet below:

.@elonmusk Ukraine desperately needs your continued support. Please restore the full functionality of your Starlink satellites. Defense from a genocidal invasion is not an offensive capability. It’s survival. Innocent lives will be lost. You can help. Thank you.

— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly)

In a pair of responses on Sunday, Musk first stated that SpaceX “would not support escalation of hostilities that may lead to WW3,” then stated that “Starlink is the communication backbone of Ukraine. Elon Musk’s replies are shown below.

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You’re smart enough not to swallow media & other propaganda bs.

Starlink is the communication backbone of Ukraine, especially at the front lines, where almost all other Internet connectivity has been destroyed.

But we will not enable escalation of conflict that may lead to WW3.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

SpaceX commercial terminals, like other commercial products, are meant for private use, not military, but we have not exercised our right to turn them off.

We’re trying hard to do the right thing, where the “right thing” is an extremely difficult moral question.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

The Twitter argument started after Shotwell stated last week that Starlink “was never intended to be weaponized,” but added that the business has been “thrilled to be able to provide the Ukraine access and help them in their struggle for independence.”

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