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‘You cannot sue your way to the moon’

Jeff Bezos, left, and Elon Musk

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Elon Musk repeated prior criticisms of fellow billionaire house mogul Jeff Bezos, as their respective corporations proceed to battle in federal court docket and in entrance of regulators.

“I think I’ve expressed my thoughts on that front — I think he should put more of his energy into getting to orbit, [rather] than lawsuits,” Musk stated Tuesday at the CodeCon 2021 convention in Beverly Hills, California.

“You cannot sue your way to the moon, no matter how good your lawyers are,” Musk added.

Amazon responded to Musk, in assertion to CNBC on Wednesday.

“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,” an Amazon spokesperson wrote.

Musk fired again on Twitter, lower than an hour after CNBC revealed Amazon’s assertion, arguing that there’s a distinction of intent between his firm’s lawsuits and people from Bezos.

“SpaceX has sued to be *allowed* to compete, BO is suing to stop competition,” Musk tweeted.

Bezos’ Blue Origin is suing SpaceX, by way of NASA, in the U.S. Federal Court of Claims over a $2.9 billion astronaut lunar lander contract the company awarded Musk’s firm earlier this yr. Blue Origin went on a public relations offensive in August after the Government Accountability Office shot down the firm’s protest, with Bezos’ enterprise calling SpaceX’s Starship rocket an “immensely complex & high risk” way to ship NASA astronauts to the moon.

Additionally, Amazon has filed protests to the Federal Communications Commission over SpaceX proposals for its Starlink satellite tv for pc web. Amazon is working by itself satellite tv for pc web, referred to as Project Kuiper, and stated in an August submitting that SpaceX’s newest Starlink modification “fails every test” of the FCC.

Musk’s firm responded by stating that Amazon “has lodged objections to SpaceX on average about every 16 days this year,” with the CEO following up on Twitter.

“Filing legal actions against SpaceX is *actually* his full-time job,” Musk tweeted of Bezos on Sept. 1.

Musk, talking to Recode editor-at-large Kara Swisher at CodeCon, stated he did not know why Bezos wasn’t placing extra effort into the house firm he based in 2000. While Bezos has doubled the period of time he spends weekly at Blue Origin, as CNBC reported on Monday, his dedication is proscribed to two afternoons every week.

When Swisher requested Musk if he has lately spoken to Bezos, Musk stated he has “not verbally” however does “subtweet, if you will.”

“I have encouraged him to emphasize getting to orbit,” Musk advised Swisher.

Sir Richard Branson, left, in house alongside mission specialists Sirisha Bandla and Beth Moses on July 11, 2021.

Virgin Galactic

Musk additionally stated he thinks it’s “cool” that fellow billionaires Bezos and Richard Branson are “spending money on the advancement of space.”

“I think [ultimately humanity should] want to be a space-faring civilization out there among the stars,” Musk stated. “All these things that we see in science fiction — movies and books — we want those to be like real one day, not always fiction. So I think it’s good that people are spending their money advancing space technology.”

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