When we say that the space race is heating up, we don’t mean the Cold War-era space race between the USSR and the USA. It is the year 2021 and the space race is now between private players and the race is about to heat up between the two from front-runners; Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos backed Blue Origin.
But to everyone’s surprise, even before getting into space, the battle is being fought in courtrooms and Twitter.
Recently, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX criticized his fellow space-tech entrepreneur Jeff Bezos and his company Blue Origin for filing lawsuits against SpaceX.
In his typical comical way, Musk went on the micro-blogging social media site Twitter and wrote that “Turns out Besos [sic] retired in order to pursue a full-time job filing lawsuits against SpaceX …”
As it turns out Musk knowingly wrote Bezos as Besos in his tweet to avoid directly confronting his competitor.
It seems that ever since returning from his maiden space trip, everything is going south for Jeff Bezos, the world’s second-richest man. Earlier this month he received a lot of flak on social media for insensitive comments about income inequality and being so tone-deaf that people literally cancelled their prime memberships. Then his company Blue Origin filed a lawsuit against US space agency NASA after losing a critical government contract to SpaceX, the contract was to make a moon lander which was supposed to put American astronauts on the Moon for the first time since the Artemis programme in 1978. The case also affected SpaceX’s own work on the project.
And now, Amazon has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismiss newly-submitted plans by SpaceX to launch another cluster of satellites to power its satellite internet service Starlink.
Mariah Dodson Shuman, corporate counsel for Amazon subsidiary Kuiper Systems issued a statement in which she wrote, “SpaceX’s novel approach of applying for two mutually exclusive configurations is at odds with both the Commission’s rules and public policy and we urge the Commission to dismiss this amendment.”