The two billionaires, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, have had a long rift. The battle to space is not only bitter, it is also a legal one. Recently, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin sued the US government over its decision to award a massive Moon exploration contract to its competitor SpaceX. Bezos was willing to waive […]
The two billionaires, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, have had a long rift. The battle to space is not only bitter, it is also a legal one.
Recently, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin sued the US government over its decision to award a massive Moon exploration contract to its competitor SpaceX. Bezos was willing to waive over $2 billion to secure a dual contract along with Musk’s SpaceX but NASA’s decision was not in his favour.
Bezos’ Blue Origin sued the U.S government over NASA’s decision but the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sided with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration over its decision to pick a single lunar lander provider, rejecting Blue Origin’s protest.
That is not all Bezos has sued when it came to SpaceX. Amazon also asked the Federal Communications Commission to dismiss SpaceX’s latest amendment to its Starlink satellite network, which CNBC reported that “FCC dismissed the Starlink Gen2 amendment, calling it ‘a continuation of efforts by the Amazon family of companies to hinder competitors” and referencing Blue Origin’s lawsuit against NASA.'”
“Filing legal actions against SpaceX is *actually* his full-time job,” said Musk about the former Amazon CEO. The highlighted part Musk shared noted that, “Amazon has not updated the FCC in “nearly 400 days” on Kuiper’s approach to interference and orbital debris but “took only 4 days to object to” the SpaceX Gen2 amendment. While Amazon has waited 15 months to explain how its system works, it has lodged objections to SpaceX on average about every 16 days this year,” explained the CNBC report of the David Goldman, SpaceX director of satellite policy’s response.
Amazon’s initial letter called for the FCC to require SpaceX to submit a new proposal because its proposal offered two options for how it would expand its satellite system, instead of one, reported CNBC.
“It does not serve the public to hamstring Starlink today for an Amazon satellite system that is at best several years away from operation,” Musk had said in January.
The two with their space ventures are in a competition. Bezos stepped down from his position of CEO of Amazon, a company he founded in 1994 and has since seems taken by space.