Military space race

The role of LEO constellations in modern military conflicts has been brought to the fore by the conflict in Ukraine. Use of Starlink by the Ukrainian military has fueled concerns of a military-fueled space race.

More recently, Ukraine has claimed that Russian forces are using Starlink, although Elon Musk has denied this.

Either way military funding of commercial LEO constellations means that it will be very difficult to separate everyday use of LEO constellations from military use.

US accuses Russia of deploying or preparing to deploy anti-satellite-based nuclear weapons in space.