Dmitry Rogozin: The Pentagon Needs SpaceX StarLink Satellites To Provide Communications For Special Forces
The group of StarLink satellites that Elon Musk's SpaceX company puts into Earth orbit is designed to provide US special forces with constant communication anywhere in the world, according to Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin. Rogozin stated this in the program "Personal connections."
"This is the Pentagon making a system for itself that will provide its special forces with constant communication at any point of operations, will ensure the operation of unmanned systems, both ground, and air. We know what we are talking about because Roscosmos is not only a civil space, we are also engaged in combat issues," Rogozin said.
The head of Roscosmos added that putting such satellites into orbit is "a rather predatory, smart, strong, high-tech policy of the United States, which uses this entire enthusiasm to promote, first of all, its military interests." Rogozin also called" nonsense " the statement of SpaceX that the StarLink project was created to provide communication to 4% of The earth's territory that is not covered by the ground Internet.
At the initial stage, SpaceX plans to provide high-speed Internet access for residents of the southern United States by the end of 2020. The company estimates that placing a total of 11,000 satellites in orbit and putting them into operation will cost $ 10 billion. In May 2019, the first 60 satellites were launched into space, with a total of 10 launches under the program so far.