The ongoing feud between billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk seems to intensify with the latter taking another dig at the Amazon founder. In a recent interview with journalist Kara Swisher at the Code conference, Musk shared his views on his arch-rival’s aerospace company Blue Origin filing a series of lawsuits against his space agency SpaceX.
With SpaceX winning NASA’s contract to build a series of spacecraft to take astronauts on the moon’s surface (time since 1972), Blue Origin filed a series of lawsuits against Musk’s aerospace company. And when the latter was quizzed about it at the Code conference, Musk replied, “I think he should put more of his energy into getting to orbit than lawsuits. You cannot sue your way to the Moon. No matter how good your lawyers are.”
Responding to Musk’s comments, an Amazon spokesperson shared a statement with CNBC. “SpaceX has a long track record of suing the U.S. government on procurement matters and protesting various governmental decisions. It is difficult to reconcile that historical record with their recent position on others filing similar actions,” the statement read. The heated argument escalated to the next level instantly as Musk took to Twitter and wrote, “SpaceX has sued to be *allowed* to compete, BO is suing to stop competition.”
SpaceX has sued to be *allowed* to compete, BO is suing to stop competition
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 29, 2021
While the rivalry between the billionaires seems to be intensifying with the recent exchange of words, Bezos’ Blue Origin had even protested against SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet project with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier. To which Musk had tweeted, “Turns out Bezos retired in order to pursue a full-time job filing lawsuits against SpaceX,” which had instantly grabbed everyone’s attention.
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