Elon Musk announced that he can send Starlink satellite to Turkey to ensure communication in the earthquake zone.
Elon Musk announced that Starlink has not yet been approved by the Turkish government, and will be sent as soon as it is approved.
Unfortunately, an earthquake took place in the early hours of the morning that caused destruction in many cities in our country. Although we do not have much information about the effects of the earthquake at the moment, we hope that we will get through this process with the least damage. When an earthquake occurs in a region, one of the biggest problems is the sudden disconnection of communication. When this is the case, it becomes very difficult for us to reach our citizens and for earthquake victims to reach their acquaintances.
Yale University faculty member Mehmet Emin Adin asked Elon Musk on Twitter that there was a great communication problem in Turkey after the earthquake and whether he could send Starlink satellites. Musk, “Turkey and neighboring countries were hit by a big earthquake. There are serious communication gaps. Do you have a chance to help with your Starlink satellites?” He replied to Adin saying:
Starlink has not yet been approved by the Turkish government. We can send it as soon as it is approved.
Starlink was implemented to provide high-speed broadband internet access to regions around the world that may lack infrastructure. Starlink, one of SpaceX’s most important projects, was removed from the beta process in October 2021. It is stated that the internet provided with Starlink has a speed between 50Mb/s and 150Mb/s. In such a case, opening Starlink will speed up the communication.
We convey our best wishes to all our citizens in the earthquake area.
Update: According to the shared information, an official said, “Thank you for the Starlink suggestion. Türksat has sufficient satellite capacity” for Musk’s offer.