The satellites that saved Ukraine

Press/Media: Expert comment


Contributed technical and operational expertise towards a wide-ranging article in The Economist magazine (both online and print versions) discussing the utility, effectiveness, benefits, and weaknesses of low Earth orbit telecommunications networks in conflict. This was framed in the context of the advantages obtained by for the Ukrainian Armed Forces through access to the SpaceX Starlink constellation whilst resisting the 2022 Russian invasion.

The Economist; London Vol. 446, Iss. 9328, (Jan 7, 2023): 13-15.

Online (paywall) version:

Institutional access link to article given below.

Period7 Jan 2023

Media contributions


Media contributions


  • Starlink
  • Mega-constellations
  • Satellites
  • satellite technology
  • Ukraine
  • conflict
  • Military Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • SatCom