- Elon Musk speaking at the 2021 Code Conference in Beverly Hills, California
- He was asked about lawsuits and lobbying from Blue Origin and Amazon
- Bezos is suing NASA over his decision to award the lunar lander contract to SpaceX
- Amazon has also complained to the FCC over the SpaceX Starlink satellites
Elon Musk has rebuked Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who sued NASA, saying you ‘can’t sue the moon, no matter how good your lawyers’.
This was in reference to Bezos’ space firm, Blue Origin, which took NASA to court over its decision to award the contract to build the lunar lander only to SpaceX.
It is the latest in an ongoing dispute between two of the world’s richest men, who are battling for supremacy in the growing commercial space sector.
Musk has made clear that he is not happy that Bezos is taking legal action to halt SpaceX projects, and made the latest comments during the 2021 Code conference in Beverly Hills, Calif.
It comes shortly after Musk tweeted a suggestion last month that Bezos might retire to pursue lawsuits against SpaceX filing a full-time job.
An Amazon spokesperson said: ‘SpaceX has a long track record of prosecuting the US government over procurement matters and opposing various government decisions.
‘It is difficult to reconcile that historical record with its recent position on others taking such action.’
Elon Musk (left) slams Jeff Bezos (right), Amazon founder sues NASA, says ‘you can’t sue the moon, no matter how good your lawyers’
NASA has selected Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build the spacecraft that will take the first woman and the next man to the Moon. SpaceX’s HLS starship will include the company’s tested Raptor engines, as well as draw inspiration from the designs of the Falcon and Dragon vehicles.
SpaceX’s Starship to Go to the Moon in 2024
SpaceX’s HLS Starship will include the company’s tested Raptor engines, along with drawing inspiration from the designs of the Falcon and Dragon vehicles.
It will have a spacious cabin and two airlocks for the astronaut moonwalk.
Work on designing the lunar vehicle began in May 2020 and will now begin to be fully built thanks to a $2.89 billion contract from NASA.
Initial contact includes an unmanned demonstration mission and a crewed lunar landing in 2024.
It is also planned that future lunar landings will be done using Starship HLS.
It is equipped with a complement of thrusters used on final descent and takeoff from the lunar surface.
The final design would have the capability to stay in lunar orbit for up to 100 days, allowing for more trips to the lunar surface.
It is also designed to carry additional propellant to allow emergency ascent from the Moon.
- Length: 50 m (164 ft 1 in)
- Width: 9 m (29 ft 6 in)
- payload: 100-200T (220,000-440,000 lbs)
- Situation: in development
- first launch: Uncrowned 2023
- Application: Reusable Lunar Lander
SpaceX, owned and founded by Elon Musk, won a lucrative contract to develop a version of its Starship spaceship to carry astronauts to the lunar surface in 2024.
Blue Origin was one of three hopefuls for the contract with SpaceX and Dynetics.
The Bezos-owned firm expected NASA to pay for two alternative landers, as it did in the past – but the agency chose the SpaceX lander because of funding cuts.
After NASA announced it would go with SpaceX alone, Blue Origin filed a 50-page protest at the Government Accountability Office.
The appeal accused NASA of “moving the goalposts at the last minute,” but officials refused, leading to Blue Origin suing the space agency.
Blue Origin also published a series of negative infographics calling the SpaceX lunar lander project an ‘extremely complex and high risk’ approach to sending the first woman and next man to the Moon in 2024.
Musk not only attacked Bezos during an interview with journalist Kara Swisher at the 2021 Code Conference on Tuesday, but he also had some positive feedback.
When asked about the recent suborbital flights by Virgin Galactic by Bezos and Sir Richard Branson, he praised the pair for investing in space.
He said he thought it was cool that they were spending money on space advancement, but pointed out that it was a step towards suborbital orbit.
His orbital remarks may also be a reference to the fact that his firm sent the first full civilian crew on a three-day voyage into orbit around Earth – more than the ISS.
Blue Origin, like Virgin Galactic, has so far only achieved suborbital flight, sending passengers about 50 to 60 miles above the ‘edge of space’.
In contrast, the Inspire 4 crew traveling in a modified SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule was in orbit around the planet 364 miles above the surface.
An appeal accusing NASA of ‘moving the goalposts at the last minute’ was denied by officials, prompting Musk to say: ‘If lobbyists and lawyers can get you into orbit, Bezos will be Pluto’ will be on [right now]’
There is no love-harm between Bezos and Musk, with Musk regularly accusing Bezos of lobbying and taking legal action to get his way.
It’s not just with Blue Origin, as Bezos’ Amazon has also filed a protest with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over the SpaceX Starlink satellites.
Amazon wants to operate thousands of satellites in the same space as Starlink, about 270 miles above Earth, and launched an acrimonious filing with the FCC amid ongoing rivalry over satellite launches and space operations.
In August, Musk suggested that Bezos “retire to pursue a full-time job filing lawsuit against SpaceX.” The legal lawsuit against NASA is one of the things that…