Jeff Bezos’ job is’ taking legal action against SpaceX ‘Starlink

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Jeff Bezos, left, and Elon Musk

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Elon Musk fired his final shot across the bow at Jeff Bezos on Wednesday as the two billionaire founders’ companies argue over satellite internet in front of federal regulators.

After Amazon asked the Federal Communications Commission to reject SpaceX’s latest change to its Starlink satellite network, Musk stressed his company’s response that Bezos was exceptionally litigation.

“Filing legal action against SpaceX is * actually * his full-time job,” Musk wrote in a tweet.

Amazon did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

SpaceX filed a Starlink change with the FCC on Aug. 19, outlining its plan for the Gen2 version of its satellite network.

Starlink is the company’s capital-intensive project to build an interconnected Internet network of thousands of satellites, known in the aerospace industry as the Constellation, to deliver high-speed Internet to consumers around the world. While the Starlink service is still in beta, the company has so far over 100,000 users in 14 countries with over half a million orders or refundable deposits from potential customers.

SpaceX has launched 1,740 Starlink satellites to date, and Gen2 is said to have nearly 30,000 satellites in total.

Dismissal motion from Amazon

Amazon has been working on its own satellite internet called Project Kuiper. It plans to put 3,236 internet satellites into low earth orbit – a system that would rival Starlink. While Amazon reached a critical early hardware milestone in December for the antennas it needs to connect to the network, it has yet to begin producing or launching its satellites.

Bezos’ company called on the FCC to reject SpaceX’s Gen2 amendment for violating FCC rules by proposing two different configurations in orbit.

“By leaving almost every major detail unexplained – like height, inclination, and even that
Total number of satellites – the application of SpaceX passes every test, “wrote Amazon’s Kuiper management consultant, Mariah Dodson Shuman, on August 25th.

Response from SpaceX

David Goldman, director of satellite policy at SpaceX, filed a response to Amazon’s inquiry Tuesday, arguing that Bezos’ company is trying to slow down Starlink’s progress in order to catch up on Project Kuiper.

“The Commission should recognize this delaying tactic for what it is – a continuation of the Amazon family’s efforts to prevent competitors from compensating for Amazon’s failure to advance,” Goldman wrote.

Goldman also stressed that in “nearly 400 days” Amazon had not updated the FCC about Kuiper’s approach to interference and orbital debris.

“While Amazon waited 15 months to explain how its system worked, it has objected to SpaceX every 16 days on average this year,” added Goldman.

Musk has publicly criticized Bezos’ companies several times over the past year, previously accusing Amazon of attempting to cripple Starlink, saying space company Blue Origin “should consider spending some money on actual lunar lander hardware” rather than NASA credit sue and hire consultants.

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