The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has paid for the supply of 1,333 Starlink terminals to Ukraine. One terminal cost the United States $ 1,500, and the entire batch totaled about $ 2 million. The number of purchased terminals was revealed in a press release that appeared in early April and already has been edited to remove purchase data. This was revealed by the Washington Post report.
Looks like USAID edited their press release and deleted the value of SpaceX's donation, as well as the number of terminals the agency said SpaceX provided on its own dime. Here's the previous version vs. current version: https://t.co/ws1urZu4VM pic.twitter.com/1eZxfQ6DPA
— Joey Roulette (@joroulette) April 6, 2022
Previously, SpaceX did not talk about state participation in the supply of terminals for Ukraine. SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell stated that most of the funding came from private sources. According to her, France and Poland also helped with this. “I don’t think the United States has given us any money to give the terminals to Ukraine,” Shotwell said.
It is known that SpaceX donated 3,667 terminals worth about $ 10 million to Ukraine free of charge. This amount also includes the transfer of data for three months. According to the previous version of the report, Ukraine received a total of 5,000 terminals. An additional 1,333 units were paid for by USAID.
It is currently unknown what type of terminals Ukraine has received – with a standard cost of $ 600 or advanced ones that cost $ 2,500. If you bought standard terminals, USAID overpaid about $ 900. However, they may also have paid for Internet services.
Besides, The Washington Post report that the US government has agreed to pay more than $ 800,000 for the transportation of 5,000 terminals sent to Ukraine within the framework of public-private partnership. It seems that the transfer of terminals did not go without significant government support – as many other SpaceX projects.