Jeff Bezos, left, and Elon Musk
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Elon Musk reiterated previous criticisms of billionaire space mogul Jeff Bezos as their respective companies continue to battle in federal courts and regulatory agencies.
“I think I’ve shared my thoughts on this – I think he should spend more energy getting into orbit. [rather] as lawsuits, “Musk said Tuesday at the CodeCon 2021 conference in Beverly Hills, California.
“You can’t sue your way to the moon no matter how good your lawyers are,” added Musk.
Amazon responded to Musk in a statement to CNBC on Wednesday.
“SpaceX has a long track record of suing the US government on procurement issues and protesting various government decisions. It is difficult to reconcile this historical record with its recent position on others filing similar lawsuits, ”wrote an Amazon spokesman.
Musk fired back on Twitter less than an hour after CNBC released Amazon’s statement, arguing that there was a difference in intent between his company’s lawsuits and those of Bezos.
“SpaceX sued that it * allowed * to enter contests, BO is suing to stop the contest,” Musk tweeted.
Bezos’ Blue Origin is suing SpaceX through NASA in federal court over a $ 2.9 billion astronaut lunar lander contract the agency awarded to Musk’s company earlier this year. Blue Origin launched a public relations offensive in August after the Government Accountability Office shot down the company’s protest.
Additionally, Amazon has filed protests with the Federal Communications Commission against SpaceX proposals for its Starlink satellite internet. Working on its own satellite internet called Project Kuiper, Amazon said in an August filing that SpaceX’s latest Starlink change fails “every test” by the FCC.
Musk’s company responded by stating that Amazon “has objected to SpaceX about every 16 days on average this year,” and the CEO followed on Twitter.
“Filing legal action against SpaceX is * actually * his full-time job,” Musk tweeted on September 1st via Bezos.
Speaking to Recode editor Kara Swisher at CodeCon, Musk said he didn’t know why Bezos wasn’t putting more effort into Blue Origin, a space company he founded in 2000, CNBC reported on Monday that his engagement is two afternoons a week limited.
When Swisher asked Musk if he had spoken to Bezos recently, Musk said he had “not verbally” but “subtweeted, if you will”.
“I encouraged him to emphasize the orbit,” Musk told Swisher.
Sir Richard Branson, left, together with the mission specialists Sirisha Bandla and Beth Moses in space on July 11, 2021.
Musk also said he thinks it’s “cool” that billionaires Bezos and Richard Branson are “spending money on advancing space.”
“I think [ultimately humanity should] We want to be a space civilization out there under the stars, “Musk said.” All of those things we see in science fiction – in movies and books – we want them to be real one day, not always fiction. So I think it’s good that people are spending their money on advancing space technology. “
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