Elon Musk’s remarks come after Jeff Bezos, owner of Blue Origin, protested against SpaceX’s plans to carry more Starlink satellites.
Elon Musk criticized Jeff Bezos after an Amazon subsidiary filed a protest against SpaceX’s plans to carry more Starlink satellites.
Starlink is a SpaceX service to bring satellite Internet to many parts of the planet, thanks to its massive deployment of satellites in Earth orbit.
The CEO of SpaceX said in a Twitter post that Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, had “retired to seek a full-time job filing lawsuits against SpaceX.”
Another Jeff Bezos company, Blue Origin, has also protested NASA’s contract with SpaceX for the mission to the Moon, arguing “problems identified in that acquisition.”
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The post by Elon Musk is a response to an article about Kuiper, an Amazon subsidiary that also provides satellite internet services. Recently, Kuiper submitted a protest letter to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against SpaceX’s expansion of its Starlink satellite network.
Starlink’s mission is to send the second generation of satellites, about 30,000, into the planet’s orbit, which would make a total of 1,740 satellites deployed.
Kuiper complains that SpaceX broke the rules by proposing two proposals for the satellite constellation instead of one. SpaceX reported that the second proposal was a backup in case the FCC rejected the first.
” SpaceX’s novel approach to requesting two mutually exclusive configurations is at odds with both Commission rules and public policy,” wrote Mariah Dodson Shuman, Kuiper’s corporate adviser, in the FCC letter.