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The U.S billionaire’s internet system continues to allow Ukrαiniαn drones to αttαck Putin’s helpless tαnks

Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite system is giving Ukrαiniαn forces the edge in winning the ᴅʀᴏɴᴇ wαr as the nation fights back with technology to track down invading Russiαns.

Aerorozvidka (Aerial Reconnaissance) is being used to αttαck Russiαn ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs and target Vladmir Putin’s army of tanks and track down their positions in the conflict, which has been ongoing since February 24. ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs used in the field are able to use the newly available Starlink to keep connected and provide intelligence as internet and power outages plague Ukrαine. With the technology, the ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs can be directed to drop anti-tank munitions to help ward off the Russiαn αttαck.

The so-far-successful implementation of the satellites into the defense of the wαr-torn nation makes good on a promise outspoken mogul Musk – who challenged Putin to a fist fight for the future of Ukrαine earlier this week – made to Ukrαiniαn President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier in the month, that SpaceX will send more Starlink satellite stations to provide internet to some of the country’s stricken cities.

The president of the embattled country took to Twitter to thank the Tesla CEO, 50, for the support, and invited the tech mogul to visit Ukrαine once the wαr is over.

‘Talked to @elonmusk. I’m grateful to him for supporting Ukrαine with words and deeds. Next week we will receive another batch of Starlink systems for destroyed cities,’ Zelensky wrote at the time.Meanwhile, more Musk satellites are still coming.

Early Saturday morning, a further 53 Starlink internet satellites were launched into space via rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, further bolstering the burgeoning surveillance network.SpaceX said Saturday that the 230-foot rocket, dubbed the Falcon 9, launched the satellites into low orbit without a hitch.

The Ukrαiniαns are also enlisting the help of PD-1 unmanned aerial vehicles fitted with infrared sensors. With a wingspan of 10 feet, the vehicles are being used to collect vital information on the movements of Russiαn troops.

The Ukrαiniαn ᴅʀᴏɴᴇ unit uses a ‘Delta’ system, which has been perfected in recent years with the help of Western advisers.

It can be accessed by basic laptops, and has a ‘situational awareness’ software installed, which creates an interactive map using images from ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs , satellites, human intelligence and sensors to build a physical picture to help in tracking the ᴇɴᴇᴍʏ.

The system, which is said to be on par with similar NATO technology, is believed to have been tested in the Sea Breeze military exercise held in the Black Sea in 2021, which involved the USA, Ukrαine and 30 other countries.

The Ukrαiniαns have perfected the system with the help of Western countries, who have provided radio communications superior to Soviet-era technology. The US is said to have spent millions of dollars on the system to protect against Russiαn hacking.

Speaking from the White House, Biden said the new package will consist of 9,000 anti-armor systems, 7,000 small arms, 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, 20 million rounds of ammunition, and 100 ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs , ‘so [Ukrαiniαns] can continue to defend their space.’

During the speech, Biden asserted that the US is ‘fully committed’ to getting those weαpσns to Ukrαine in the coming days.With that said, there are still fears that the system could be impacted by internet disruption as Russiα continues its assault, leading to power outages and internet connectivity issues.Starlink, however – now the most popular app in Ukrαine, with more than 100,000 downloads in the few weeks since it went live – uses terminals that resemble TV dishes equipped with antennas that have so far addressed those concerns, with the satellites mounted on roofs to allow Ukrαine citizens to access the Internet via satellite in rural or disconnected areas.

Ukrαine has so far received thousands of antennas from Musk’s companies and European allies, which the country’s minister of digital transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, saying the tech has already proved ‘very effective,’ in an interview with The Washington Post Friday.‘The quality of the link is excellent,’ Fedorov, 31, told the paper from an undisclosed location in the country, in remote interview made possible by a Starlink connection.

‘We are using thousands, in the area of thousands, of terminals with new shipments arriving every other day,’ the official revealed, speaking on how the satellites have proved instrumental in helping citizens and leaders communicate as the Kremlin continues its large-scale αttαcks in cities across Ukrαine.Shortly after the invasion, Fedorov, who also serves as the country’s vice-prime minister, had sent a tweet to Musk, asking to be given access to Starlink stations.

Musk, currently valued at $232 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaire‘s Index, responded just hours later: ‘Starlink service is now active in Ukrαine . More terminals en route.’

Within days, trucks arrived at Ukrαine hauling Starlink terminals, as well as adapters providing power via cigarette lighters in cars, or battery packs, and a roaming feature to ensure people are connected while they travel to safety.

Base stations on earth send radio waves up to the satellites, which beam those down to a satellite dish terminal back on the planet. The aim of the system is to bring internet access to rural and poorly connected parts of the world. It has allowed internet connections to travel quickly, with more speed provided due to travelling through space.

The lower orbit of Starlink also allows signals to travel even faster. Over 2,000 satellites have been sent up to space so far, and there are plans to launch around 12,000 in total.

The usefulness of the system has now reached into military operations, with the Ukrαinian ᴅʀᴏɴᴇ armies of ‘Aerorozvidka’ being able to use it to continue communicating with their bases by sending signals from Starlink terminals and using ground stations in neighboring countries, including Poland.The Aerorozvidka unit was formed by a group of civilian model airplane enthusiasts and those with a background in engineering in 2014 following the outbreak of wαr in eastern Ukrαine.The group helped to build ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs and sensors for the military to monitor the border, and helped to adapt commercially available ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs to gather intelligence and even drop homemade explosives.Eventually, the system was integrated into the Ukrαiniαn armed forces.

It is proving so effective that the US feels supplying the Ukrαiniαn with aircraft is unnecessary, and have opted to send Switchblades – known as kamikaze ᴅʀᴏɴᴇs – which were initially designed for US special forces, and have the ability to take down a tank.General James Dickinson, commander of US Space Command, told the Senate armed services committee: ‘What we’re seeing with Elon Musk and the Starlink capabilities is really showing us what a megaconstellation, or a proliferated architecture, can provide in terms of redundancy and capability.’The US however, has remained adamant about not deploying actual troops into Ukrαine, out of fears for its own national security – or as Biden has put it, to avoid a possible ‘World wαr III.’ White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated Tuesday that the administration does not and will not support Zelensky’s no-fly zone request for those reasons.

‘We have the responsibility to do here is to assess what the impact is on the United States and our own national security,’ the White House spokesperson said.But Russiαns have so far reacted angrily to the US’ – and particularly Starlink’s – support for Ukrαine.

Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Roscosmos, the Russiαn space agency, said: ‘This is the West that we should never trust.‘When Russiα implements its highest national interests on the territory of Ukrαine, Elon Musk appears with his Starlink which was previously declared as purely civilian.

‘I warned about it, but our ‘muskophiles’ said he is the light of world cosmonautics. Here, look, he has chosen the side.’The use of Starlink as a method for citizens and the government to stay connected during the invasion serves a major test of the relatively new technology, experts say, and could have lasting implications for the future of conflict. Aside from powering weαpσns and aiding the military, Musk’s satellites have so far allowed citizens to stay informed against an ᴇɴᴇᴍʏ known for their misinformation efforts.Britain’s Ministry of Defence warned last week that Moscow is ‘probably’ targeting Ukrαine’s communications infrastructure.

With that said, despite repeated attempts by Putin’s forces to disconnect Ukrαinian from the web, Russia has threatened its own independent journalists with jail time if they report ‘fake’ news about the wαr.The Russiαn forces have been using their fair share of hypersonic weαpσns, unleashing its ‘unstoppable’ Kinzhal hypersonic missiles for the first time in Ukrαine this week.

Russiα has never before admitted using the high-precision weαpσn in cσmbαt, and state news agency RIA Novosti said it was the first use of the Kinzhal hypersonic weαpσns during the conflict in pro-Western Ukrαine. Moscow claims the ‘Kinzhal’- or Dagger – is ‘unstoppable’ by current Western weαpσns. The missile, which has a range of 1,250 miles, is nuclear capable. This was a conventional strike.

Aerial footage released by the Russiαn military claimed to show the missile strike. Large, long buildings are shown in the footage in a snowy region, before one is obliterated by a huge explosion – sending flames, earth and debris high into the air. People can be seen on the ground fleeing as smoke pours from the site.Ukrαiniαn air force spokesman Yuri Ignat confirmed that a storage site had been targeted, but added that Kyiv had no information regarding the type of missile that was used.