Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are now rivals, two overly-rich, backseat rivals. As the Tesla CEO's SpaceX company continues to rise with NASA contracts, the Amazon founder's Blue Origin isn't doing so hot. In fact, it’s trailing behind.
SpaceX has already seen multiple successful space trips, even to the International Space Station. On the other hand, Blue Origin has only just launched to the edge of space. As Bezos’ company plays catch up, there appears to be a little bit of playground cheating going on.
Elon Musk laughs at Bezos copying SpaceX designs
Blue Origin is currently building its next rocket: Project Jarvis. On Tuesday, the space company revealed its first test tank designed to be fully reusable during space travel. However, fans of Elon Musk's SpaceX have noticed the design looks very similar.
Fans currently believe that the prototype rocket ship looks very similar to early versions of SpaceX's Project Starship. One user said: “Hey Elon, can I copy your homework?”. Another fan exclaimed that it “looks like he bought the Starship SN6 tank from the scrap metal yard”. The first comment was quickly discovered by the SpaceX owner.
In a swift comment on Twitter, Musk simply laughed at Blue Origin’s rocket design. Simply put, he responded with two rolling-crying-laughing emojis. That's one more than what's needed, but we'll let it slide.
Blue Origin vs Space
Bezos’ Blue Origin is not sitting favourably with space enthusiasts at the moment. After losing the 2024 moon mission contract to SpaceX, owner Jeff Bezos is retaliating by suing NASA. As expected, this isn't going down well for the company's popularity.
Prior to the lawsuit, Bezos was attempting to buy NASA’s favour. The Amazon founder attempted to sweeten the deal with discounts in the billions. However, Elon Musk and SpaceX were still awarded the contract in the end.