Elon Musk partially hands over Starlink control to the Pentagon

The war in Ukraine

Published 16 September 2023
- By Editorial Staff

Elon Musk has transferred part of the control of his Starlink satellite system to US authorities. The decision, which comes in light of rising geopolitical tensions, means that the Pentagon will have control over the part of Starlink’s capabilities used by Ukraine.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has decided to partially hand over control of his Starlink satellite system to the US authorities. This follows Musk’s expressed concerns about the risk of an escalation to nuclear war and its potential consequences, BNN reports.

The Pentagon will gain control of the part of Starlink intended for use by and in Ukraine. This decision means that Musk is relieved of all responsibility for the limits and rules of use of the system.

Earlier, Musk had declared that he was not activating Starlink in the Crimean region for Ukraine’s armed forces. This was in line with a previous agreement that stipulated that Starlink would not be used for attacks on civilian infrastructure.