The dispute came after Amazon asked the Federal Communications Commission to reject SpaceX’s latest modification of its Starlink satellite network.
“Firing a lawsuit against SpaceX is actually Jeff Bezos’ full-time job,” Musk wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
SpaceX submitted an amendment to Starlink on August 19 to the FCC, outlining its plan for the Gen2 version of its space network.
Starlink is SpaceX’s project to build an interconnected internet network with thousands of satellites known in the space industry as Constellation, designed to deliver high-speed internet to consumers anywhere on Earth.
While the Starlink service is still in beta, the company has more than 100,000 users in 14 countries, with more than half a million orders or refundable deposits placed by potential customers.
SpaceX has launched 1,740 Starlink satellites so far, and Gen2 is planned to contain approximately 30,000 satellites in total.
Amazon is also working on Project Kuiper to connect to the Internet via its own satellite.
It plans to launch 3,236 Internet satellites into low Earth orbit – a system that would rival Starlink.
While Amazon succeeded last December in getting the antennas it needs to connect to the network, it has not yet started producing or launching its own satellites.
Bezos has asked the FCC to reject SpaceX’s Gen2 modification request, saying it would violate FCC rules by proposing two variants in orbit.
“Leaving almost every key detail unsettled — such as altitude, tilt, and even the total number of satellites — the company should be more explicit in its implementation plan,” Maria Dodson Schumann, Amazon’s consultant to Project Kuiper, said on August 25.
SpaceX’s director of satellite policy, David Goldman, filed Tuesday in response to Amazon’s request, arguing that Bezos is trying to slow Starlink’s progress to help Project Kuiper catch up.
“The Commission must recognize this delay tactic for what it is – a continuation of the Amazon family of companies’ efforts to block competitors to make up for Amazon’s failure to make progress of its own,” Goldman said.
Goldman also said that Amazon had not updated the FCC in “nearly 400 days” on the Kuiper approach to interference and orbital debris but that “it only took 4 days to object to the SpaceX Gen2 modification.”
“While Amazon has waited 15 months to explain how its system works, it has submitted objections to the SpaceX project on average about every 16 days this year,” he added.
Musk has publicly criticized Bezos’ companies several times in the past year, previously accusing Amazon of trying to “disrupt Starlink” and said space company Blue Origin should consider spending some money on actual lunar landers, rather than hiring consultants to sue NASA.
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