SpaceX Starlink Rapid Software Updates Beat Russian Jamming Attacks

SpaceX Starlink was able to rapidly upgrade whenever a new Russian jamming threat appeared. This enabled Starlink to maintain Ukraine’s communications.

Dave Tremper, the Pentagon’s director of electronic warfare said that the US military has to adopt the speed of SpaceX response.

“We have to be able to change our electromagnetic posture, to be able to change very dynamically what we’re trying to do without losing capability along the way.”

After SpaceX sent Starlink terminals to Ukraine in February in an apparent effort to help Ukraine maintain its internet connection amid war with Russia, SpaceX founder Elon Musk claimed that Russia had jammed Starlink terminals in the country for hours at a time. After a software update, Starlink was operating normally, said Musk, who added on March 25 that the constellation had “resisted all hacking & jamming attempts” in Ukraine.

SOURCES- Breaking Defense, Twitter
Written By Brian Wang,

3 thoughts on “SpaceX Starlink Rapid Software Updates Beat Russian Jamming Attacks”

  1. The starling transmits and receives a phased array. When transmitting it focuses the signal on the sattilie. When receiving it can ignore or filter out signals coming in from the side focus only on the signals from the satellites. This naturally resistant to jamming.

  2. This joined with the low quickly decaying orbit (no long term Kessler syndrome risk) and the sheer amount of satellites make very difficult for a foreign power to do a capability denial attack.

    Unless they carpet-nuke the ionosphere or something equally stupid that would take us into MAD territory, the Starlink network is proving to be very resilient.

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