Aiden Aslin, the recently liberated British prisoner of war, has thanked the world’s richest man for his space-based broadband internet service.
Other methods of communication were quickly shut down by the invading Russians, but Starlink remained active.
And according to Aslin, just before he surrendered and was jailed by Russian forces, that was what allowed him to call his family.
Since being released in a prisoner swap brokered by Saudi Arabia, Aslin has spoken openly about the horrific things he endured in Russian captivity.
He was beaten, stabbed and held in solitary confinement for five months after being arrested in Mariupol on April 12.
Now back in the UK, Aslin has started posting on social media to tell the world about his experiences.
One of his posts includes a video he took before it was recorded and he thanks Musk for allowing him to post it.
Aslin tagged the billionaire in the post, writing, “I want to take a moment to thank you for letting the world know about your Starlink satellite and managing to call my family one last time.”
SpaceX, Musk’s private company, has been rolling out Starlink for the past few years.
Satellite technology, while extremely costly to deploy, can bring internet to people living in rural or hard-to-serve locations where fiber optic cables and cell towers cannot reach.
This week, Musk also suggested turning on Starlink over Iran as the country grips protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.
Access to social media and other content is severely restricted in Iran, and internet watchdog group NetBlocks reported on Monday an “almost total” internet disruption in the Kurdish region’s capital, linking it to the protests.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/09/28/brit-pow-thanks-elon-musk-and-starlink-for-call-home-before-capture-17465951/ Brit PoW thanks Elon Musk and Starlink for calling home ahead of capture