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Elon Musk criticizes Bezos for suing SpaceX

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Earlier this month, Bezos’ space company Blue Origin sued NASA after losing a critical government contract to put astronauts on the moon for SpaceX. This entire process caused SpaceX’s own work on the project to lag behind. This week, Amazon asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject current plans recently presented by SpaceX to launch the other cluster of satellites to power its Starlink satellite internet service.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk used his Twitter page to criticize Jeff Bezos, former CEO of Amazon and founder and CEO of rival Blue Origin, “It looks like Bezos has reformed [da Amazon] to pursue a full-time job, sue SpaceX”

Amazon’s recent complaint does not appear to be a formal process, but rather a protest letter. Technically, it’s not that Amazon doesn’t want SpaceX to launch more Starlink satellites, but that the company should be clearer about its plans.

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Starlink is currently powered by around 1,740 Earth-orbiting satellites, which currently serve around 90,000 customers. SpaceX is preparing to launch 30,000 second-generation satellites to improve the service, so it must inform the FCC exactly where they will actually be positioned around the Earth.

“SpaceX’s innovative approach to applying for two mutually exclusive configurations is going against the Commission’s rules and public policy and we urge the Commission to reject that change,” writes Mariah Dodson Shuman, legal advisor at Amazon’s Kuiper Systems subsidiary.

Shuman’s preference is for SpaceX to choose an effective plan and decide to stick with it, and that the approval of two configurations sets a bad precedent, allowing other future satellite operators to lower their stakes while creating more work for the entire industry.

Source: theverge

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