After announcements that Elon Musk’s electric vehicle (EV) company Tesla is providing free Supercharging for European residents affected by the recent floods, the entrepreneur’s space travel company, SpaceX, has announced another initiative for those affected using its Starlink satellite internet.
Starlink is used to provide internet for the regions impacted by the flood in my area!
12 stations up. 23 more coming short term!
I love it! Perfect use case! 😍 pic.twitter.com/8WvQTC6WiO
— What about it!? (@FelixSchlang) July 20, 2021
While the company has already begun establishing 12 Starlink dishes, it also has plans to install 35 more to help offer connectivity to affected residents.
Starlink providing internet in the flooded area in rhineland palatinate/Germany. This is one of twelve dishes already installed. Will be extended to 35 in the next days. @elonmusk tech for the rescue.
Thank you @SpaceX for such a great System.
— Tesla_Adri (@tesla_adri) July 20, 2021
The 12 current areas with SpaceX Starlink satellite dishes are below:
- Right North
- Right South
— Thomas Temme (@Milten85) July 20, 2021
Last month, Germany announced plans to subsidize Starlink hardware for rural residents, in an attempt to increase connectivity for remote residents. Starlink’s service only launched in Germany in April, and is also expected to expand into Spain later this year.
Also according to Tesla Adri, automakers are offering a lending hand to the victims of the flooding too, with Opel offer loaner cars to affected customers for up to three weeks for free, Ford offering pickup trucks and vans to the Red Cross, and Volkswagen donating 1 million euros to the cause.
Zachary Visconti is a writer with a knack for electric vehicles, technology, and climate change. Currently residing in Fort Collins, Colorado, Zach loves his partner, his cat, and a good cup of coffee.