Space X restricts Ukrainian military drone operation through satellite communications | Reuters

Gwynne Shotwell, the president of the space agency SpaceX, said on Wednesday that it has taken steps to prevent the Ukrainian military from using Starlink to fly drones in a war against Russia. In the photo is the front line of Ukraine. Picture taken in January 2023. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

[ワシントン 8日 ロイター] – Gwynne Shotwell, president of the US space company SpaceX, said on Wednesday that he would take steps to prevent the Ukrainian military from using its Starlink satellite communications service to fly drones in a war with Russia.

“We never intended to arm Starlink,” which provided broadband communications to Ukraine’s defensive military, he told a conference in Washington. “However, Ukraine took advantage of this in a way that was unexpected and was not based on any agreement,” he said.

He later told reporters that the Ukrainian military had been using Starlink to fly drones. No specific measures were mentioned.

Shotwell said using Starlink with drones was beyond the scope of the contract with the Ukrainian government. He said the deal was for humanitarian purposes, such as providing broadband internet to hospitals, banks and homes affected by the Russian invasion.


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