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Elon Musk Backs Down From Demands for Starlink Funding

  • ‘To hell with it,’ SpaceX CEO says of earlier pullback threat
  • System has been essential to Ukraine’s fight against Russia
A Starlink satellite-based broadband system donated by the Elon Musk, in Izyum, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, on Sept. 25.

A Starlink satellite-based broadband system donated by the Elon Musk, in Izyum, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, on Sept. 25.

Photographer: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images
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Elon Musk said Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will continue to fund its Starlink broadband service in Ukraine in an apparent step back from seeking support from the US Defense Department.

The shift comes a day after Musk confirmed on Twitter that the closely held company had told the Pentagon it couldn’t indefinitely fund the system that’s helped Ukraine combat against Russia’s invasion. The Defense Department confirmed Friday it was in talks with SpaceX while pointedly adding that the US is looking at other options.