Documents obtained by CNN show that last month Musk’s SpaceX sent a letter to the Pentagon saying it can no longer continue to fund the Starlink service as it has.
In a separate cover letter to the Pentagon, an outside consultant working for SpaceX wrote, “SpaceX faces terribly difficult decisions here.
I do not think they have the financial ability to provide any additional terminals or service as requested by General Zaluzhniy.”.
They also shed new light on behind-the-scenes negotiations that have provided millions of dollars in communications hardware and services to Ukraine at little cost to Kyiv.
The Financial Times first reported the outages which resulted in a “catastrophic” loss of communication, a senior Ukrainian official said.
On September 8, the senior director of government sales for SpaceX wrote the Pentagon saying the costs have gotten too high, approaching $100 million.
SpaceX declined repeated requests for comment on both the outages and their recent request to the Pentagon. »