While it was never brotherly, the relationship between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos used to maintain a certain cordiality. All this seems to have changed in the last week, since NASA awarded a million-dollar contract to SpaceX for the construction of the lunar module for the Artemis mission, putting Blue Origin out of the race.
As NASA said it was going to choose two companies for this lunar project, Bezos filed a lawsuit. against the us space agency. But that is not all.
Now he also filed a protest with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismiss the plans of Elon Musk’s space company. to launch more satellites as part of your Starlink internet service.
This new measure by Blue Origin is not strictly speaking a lawsuit, but rather works as a claim because considers that the Starlink project should be clearer in its expansion plans.
The letter argues that “Commission rules require SpaceX to work out the details of its proposed amendment before submitting its application, not after.”
Jeff Bezos lashes out at Starlink. AFP photo
Musk’s response was immediate and made a download on his Twitter account. The tycoon made reference to the departure of the position of CEO of Amazon by his opponent and even gave himself the pleasure of misspelling his last name.
“It turns out that Besos retired to dedicate himself full time to filing lawsuits against SpaceX”, he pointed.
As if to show that he is not willing to overlook anything, Musk scoffed at his billionaire archrival, because he believes that had to resort to a copy of his design.
As images of Blue Origin’s test tank for its New Glenn rocket, codenamed Project Jarvis, are released, at least to the naked eye, they appear remarkably similar to the first ones. prototypes of SpaceX’s Starship rocket.
The similarity was quickly spotted by members of a SpaceX fan forum on Reddit, with a popular post titled “Hey Elon, can I copy your homework?”
Attentive to everything that happens in his sphere of influence, the founder of Tesla surprised with an answer. But instead of words uused emojis of laughing and crying faces.
Tanks of Discord.
While Musk’s public responses to the ongoing dispute they have been ironic, Blue Origin’s efforts to fight for a place in the commercial space industry are very real.
Blue Origin is rapidly advancing the Jarvis Project, which aims to develop a fully reusable upper stage for the New Glenn rocket.
Blue Origin engineers are investigating the use of stainless steel as a material for these tanks, just like SpaceX produces interstellar spacecraft and super heavy thrusters.
Stainless steel is cheaper and more resistant to heating material entering the atmosphere, but its weight is about 5 times that of composite materials.
A company spokesman said the test tank could begin a series of tests next month to determine its strength and ability to keep the propellant under pressure.