Tension rises between the two American billionaires passionate about space. As The Verge reports, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has slammed fellow space cowboy and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for filing lawsuits against SpaceX, his space company. “It turns out that Besos [sic] retired to sue SpaceX full-time,” the Telsa boss tweeted on Friday, August 27. A message he quickly deleted.
Blue Origin, the company of Jeff Bezos, sued NASA after losing to rival SpaceX a key government contract to send astronauts to the Moon. This had the effect of delaying the firm of Elon Musk in its projects. In addition to this first lawsuit, Amazon has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject plans recently submitted by SpaceX to launch Starlink, a group of satellites into orbit to power its satellite internet service.
Amazon’s recent complaint is likely not a formal lawsuit, but rather a letter of protest. Technically, it is not that Amazon categorically refuses that SpaceX launches its Starlink satellites. Jeff Bezos’ firm simply seems to want Elon Musk to be clearer in its plans to achieve its ends.
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Amazon wants Space X to define its choice
Starlink is currently powered by some 1,740 satellites in low Earth orbit, which serve approximately 90,000 customers. SpaceX is also preparing to launch 30,000 second-generation satellites to improve its service, and must therefore inform the FCC of the exact positions of these satellites around the Earth.
Amazon actually blames SpaceX for offering the FCC two entirely different configurations in order to make a choice later. “SpaceX’s new approach of requesting two mutually exclusive configurations is inconsistent with committee rules and public policy and we urge the committee to reject this amendment,” said Mariah Dodson Shuman, corporate counsel for the SpaceX subsidiary. ‘Amazon, Kuiper Systems.
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