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February 11, 2021

Amazon versus SpaceX

There is a regulatory dispute between Jeff Bezos' Amazon and Elon Musk's SpaceX going on, concerning the orbits of SpaceX StarLink communication satellites. SpaceX filed a petition for more orbits, such as the top altitude is 570 km, coming close to those reserved for Amazon's Project Kupier at 590 km.

This is the third time that I remember Bezos finding issues with Musk in space. The other two were the patent for landing a rocket at sea and the dispute over the lease of KSC Launch Complex 39A from NASA.

A common theme in all three disputes is an attempt by Bezos to lay claims far ahead of the delivery, while Musk was actually doing something that Bezos only plans to do in the indefinite future. StarLink satellites already provide service to subscribers, but Kupier satellites aren't even launched yet. American astronauts launch from LC-39A in SpaceX Dragon, when Beaos' rocket is not even built. And, not being built, it obviously had no chance to land at a ship, while Musk does that all the time.

At a certain point, general public is going to start noticing a pattern.

UPDATE 2021-04-29: Bezos loses to Musk again and protests regarding NASA awarding SpaceX a contract for HLS.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at 09:13 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 You can't litigate your way into space.

Posted by: Mauser at February 14, 2021 01:52 AM (Ix1l6)

2 The concern is that litigation can stop someone else from going to space.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 14, 2021 06:23 PM (LZ7Bg)

3 BTW, Roskosmos obtained a Russian patent for landing a reusable stage into a capture assembly, which can be associated with its launch complex. It's pretty obvious that they did it because Musk tweeted about it.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 14, 2021 06:26 PM (LZ7Bg)

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