Elon Musk donated satellite gear to reconnect Tonga after the volcano disaster

Credit image: NASA
Credit image: NASA

Tonga recently claimed that SpaceX founder Elon Musk donated 50 satellite terminals to reconnect Tonga after the disaster of the volcanic eruption more than a month ago. Tonga has remained almost disconnected from the world, after all communications have dropped and are still not working since January 15, (2022). 

This happened after a very large volcanic eruption, followed by a tsunami, which cut the underwater fiber optic cable. 

The terminals that SpaceX donates are small, but enough to reconnect Tonga with the whole world. SpaceX will donate 50 terminals with very small openings, or VSAT type terminals. "We are looking at the best way to use them," said Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni. 

SpaceX and the Tongan government are working hard to get the terminals up and running this week or next week. 

In any case, repairs to Tonga's 80-mile submarine cable destroyed by the tsunami and volcanic eruption will begin to be repaired. And Sovaleni said he expects the works to be temporarily completed by next week. But it is not enough, the total work being completed after a much longer time.

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 21 February 2022, at 02:47 am Los Angeles time

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