The two heads of the modern space race have been butting as of late. SpaceX owner Elon Musk and Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos have been entrenched in a billionaire bout of constant litigation. That litigation is at the behest of Jeff Bezos.
Elon Musk fires back against Bezos’ lawsuits
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has, once again, insulted Amazon founder Jeff Bezos over his love of lawsuits. The Amazon founder has attempted to block multiple SpaceX projects via the courts. For starters, Musk's company’s Starlink 2.0 launch was stalled. Additionally, Bezos famously started to sue NASA for giving SpaceX the 2024 moonwalk contract.
SpaceX has revealed that Bezos sends a lawsuit every 16 days on average. However, some of those lawsuits are working. Bezos’ infamous NASA lawsuit did result in Blue Origin getting a role in the project. As a result, Blue Origin has a $26 million contract to do risk assessment for SpaceX’s Human Landing System.
In a report by The Verge, it's revealed that Musk slammed the Amazon founder for his constant lawsuits. In a statement at the 2021 Code Conference, Musk said: “you cannot sue your way to the Moon, no matter how good your lawyers are.” Well, I mean, he already has — he's on the moonwalk mission.
Bezos hasn't reached space yet
Fans of space travel are keen to note that Bezos’ Blue Origin hasn’t technically been in space yet. Blue Origin’s maiden launch earlier this year — and its alleged upcoming William Shatner trip — reached sub-orbit. As Elon Musk said: “suborbital is [just] a step in the direction of orbit.”
In other news, criticism regarding billionaires’ private space companies is reaching a high. The United Nations recently pointed out that billionaires like Musk, Bezos and Branson are “joyriding to space” while millions go hungry on Earth.