That Amazon founder Jeff Bezos shoots one lawsuit after the other in the direction of space company SpaceX annoys Elon Musk. On Tuesday he breathed himself with a swipe. At the 2021 Code Conference, Musk said in the direction of Bezos: “You cannot sue yourself to the moon, no matter how good your lawyers are.” Journalist Kara Swisher had asked the SpaceX founder about the lawsuits that Bezos used to develop of a moon lander torpedoed for the controversial Artemis project. Musks SpaceX was awarded the contract.
Wave of lawsuits does not stop
The trouble began when NASA surprisingly handed the project over to only one partner: Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Bezos then tried to change the agency’s mind with a deal. Blue Origin will assume the costs in the coming years – up to a height of two billion dollars – and will be allowed to compete against SpaceX again. The space agency did not respond. Bezos then complained to the US Court of Auditors (GOA – Government Accountability Office), which froze, checked and re-released the project. According to the GOA, NASA did not violate any award rules. SpaceX has prevailed with by far the cheapest and at the same time the most extensive offer.
Most recently, Bezos announced that he would sue NASA himself – for the obvious Elon Musk’s displeasure. He had already joked that Bezos had probably withdrawn from Amazon so that he could indulge his passion for lawsuits full-time.
Further legal disputes are found in the field of internet satellites. Bezos is trying to get the responsible regulator FCC SpaceX to withdraw approval for the Starlink satellites. Most recently, employees left Blue Origin because of the lawsuit offensive.
Billionaires in space: Musk pretends to be jovial
When Kara Swisher asked about Jeff Bezos and Richards Benson’s recent stays in suborbit, Musk also had an answer. He thinks it’s cool that the two billionaires are spending money on space travel. However, Musk teased, “suborbital is only a step towards space.” His space company SpaceX has been involved in supply flights to the ISS since 2012 and has already flown astronauts there.