SpaceX and Italian insurance company Unipol Gruppo have partnered to provide internet access to areas of northern Italy that have been devastated by flooding. A recent post from Starlink’s official account indicates that over 150 Starlink kits have already arrived in Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region.
Under the agreement, Unipol will acquire SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet terminals. The terminals will be made available to rescuers, hospitals, and the general public. SpaceX is also positioning its Starlink satellites to prioritize the Emilia-Romagna region and provide improved coverage in the area.
“SpaceX, Starlink, and Tesla are happy to be of use in any way to help Italy and the people affected by the flooding,” Musk stated.
The flooding in Italy has been caused by torrential rains that have fallen in recent weeks. The rains have caused widespread damage, killing 14 people and displacing tens of thousands of others. The damage caused by the flooding is estimated to cost billions of euros, according to a Reuters report. The country’s agriculture sector was also hit hard.
The partnership between SpaceX and Unipol is a significant development in the effort to provide relief to the people of Italy. Starlink’s satellite internet service can provide high-speed internet access to even the most remote areas, and it is expected to be a valuable tool for rescuers and others working to help those affected by the flooding.
SpaceX’s work in Italy is a reminder of the potential of satellite internet to provide a lifeline in times of crisis. SpaceX’s satellite internet system can help to connect people who have been cut off from the rest of the world, and it can help to support rescue and recovery efforts. Elon Musk, for his part, has wished the country’s rescue and recovery efforts well in a post on Twitter.