Elon Musk has criticized fellow billionaire and astronaut Jeff Bezos for filing a lawsuit against former aerospace company SpaceX.
Earlier this month, Bezos space firm Blue Origin sued NASA after it lost a key government contract to put astronauts to the moon in SpaceX. This has led to delays in SpaceX’s own work on the project. And now, this week, Amazon has appealed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject SpaceX’s newly proposed plans to launch another cluster of satellites in order to launch its satellite Internet service Star Link. Get strength
The answer to a story about the latter complaint, Musk. Tweeted: بیسوس نکلا۔ [sic] Retired to pursue full-time employment to sue SpaceX
The latest complaint from Amazon does not appear to be a formal lawsuit but a letter of protest. And, technically, it’s not that Amazon doesn’t want SpaceX to launch more StarLink satellites, but that it thinks the company should be clear in its plans to do so.
StarLink currently operates approximately 1,740 low-Earth orbiting satellites, serving an estimated 90,000 subscribers. SpaceX is preparing to launch an installment of 30,000 second-generation satellites to improve the service, and therefore has to inform the FCC where they will stand around the Earth. Amazon’s complaint is that SpaceX is asking the FFCC to approve two completely different orbital configurations to be selected later.
Maria Dodson-Schumann, corporate counsel for Amazon’s subsidiary Cooper Systems, writes, “SpaceX’s new approach to applying for two mutually exclusive configurations is in conflict with both the Commission’s rules and public policy.
Schumann says tackling two possible configurations “doubles the technical efforts of operators – including Amazon’s Cooper system, which has not yet launched a satellite of its own.” The “concerns of interference and orbital debris” raised by satellite configurations must be considered.
Schumann’s priority is that SpaceX should choose a project and stick with it, and that the approval of the two configurations sets a precedent that will allow future satellite operators to explore the entire industry. Create more work for She concludes: “Accordingly, the Commission should enforce its rules, reject the SpaceX amendment, and resubmit its amendment after SpaceX settles on the same configuration for its Gen2 system.” Should be invited. “