The “club” of multimillionaire entrepreneurs is not exactly a fraternity. And this is evident every time their interests collide, or those of their respective companies. Therefore, it is not surprising that they turn to social networks to launch darts, some more subtle than others. This time it was the turn of Elon musk, who crossed Jeff Bezos following Amazon’s most recent claim against SpaceX.
In recent days, Kuiper Systems, a subsidiary of Amazon, sent a letter of protest to the Federal Communications Commission of the United States (FCC). In the same request that the authorization requested by SpaceX for the second generation of the Starlink satellite network be denied.
The complaint is not against SpaceX’s plan to launch 30,000 new satellites for the structure that aims to bring the internet to the world. Amazon’s objection is specifically against a modification on the original plan that the Elon Musk firm filed earlier this month. In it, authorization is sought for two configurations to align the Starlink satellites; however, Kuiper Systems assures that the proposal is “too broad and speculative”, and that it does not comply with the FCC regulations.
SpaceX ensures that it will only use one of the settings, and that the rest will serve as a backup. It is clear that Amazon is not too convinced about that statement. The truth is that Elon Musk chose to take the bull by the antlers. In his own way and through Twitter, of course.
“Turns out Bezos retired to get a full-time job filing lawsuits against SpaceX”, the businessman published in response to a tweet from Christian Davenport, a journalist from The Washington Post (medium owned by the former Amazon CEO, in fact). Quirky fact: Elon Musk wrote “Kisses” instead of “Bezos” in the original post. Could it have been a bad intervention of the autocorrect?
Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and a rivalry that grows hand in hand with the private space race
The statements of the CEO of Tesla against Jeff Bezos are enhanced in the context of the growing rivalry in the private space race. Recall that Blue Origin, the aerospace company of the founder of Amazon, sued NASA in the middle of this month. The presentation before the federal justice of the United States occurred after the North American space agency chose SpaceX as sole private contractor to develop the lunar landing module for the Artemis program.
Elon Musk’s company will be the sole beneficiary of a contract for $ 2.9 billion, when NASA’s original initiative was to select two companies. Blue Origin was part of that tender, but was left empty-handed, and did not find a favorable response to its claim in the pre-lawsuit channels.
The court process means a significant delay for SpaceX, as it cannot work on the lunar project until the United States Federal Claims Court makes a decision.
With this background, then, it is not necessary to think too much to identify the genesis of the anger that Elon Musk expresses towards Jeff Bezos. In any case, it is clear that Kuiper Systems’ letter of protest has been nothing more than the perfect motive for release some frustration in the eyes of everyone.