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Russiα Alleges Elon Musk Raised Cost Of Starlink Services After Deploying It In Ukrαine

Russiα’s space agency chief said that costs for Starlink services, Starlink terminals and targeted launches have increased by 11%, 20% and 8% respectively.

Seemingly irked over SpaceX offering help to Ukrαine, Russiα has now pointed out that the company has raised the price of its Starlink services and space launches by a significant margin. In a recent tweet, Russiαn space agency Director General Dmitry Rogozin wrote that the price for Starlink services, Starlink terminals and targeted launches have increased by 11%, 20% and 8% respectively.

The Elon Musk-led firm had recently activated its Starlink satellite internet services over Ukrαine after the now ᴡᴀʀ-ravaged country suffered communication problems following Russiα’s invasion on February 24.

A report by SpaceNews revealed that SpaceX has blamed the rising inflation for the rise in prices of Starlink services and launch costs.The internet service which was $99 in the US has climbed to $110 with an 11% increase and the price of terminals which used to be $499 in the US increased to $549 for those who had already paid a deposit and $599 for new customers marking a 20% rise.

In a message addressed to its customers, SpaceX said as per SpaceNews, “The sole purpose of these adjustments is to keep pace with rising inflation.” The launch costs, on the other hand, have been fixed at $67 million for a Falcon 9 and $97 million for a Falcon Heavy launch.

In addition to this, SpaceX would now charge $1.1 million to launch 200 kilograms of payload into sun-synchronous orbits under its smallsat rideshare program. With an increment of 10%, the company would charge an additional $5,500 for extra payload.