Elon Musk to Jeff Bezos: ‘you can’t demand your way to the Moon’

Elon Musk is unhappy that fellow mega-billionaire Jeff Bezos continues to sue to stop SpaceX projects, and shared a message for the Amazon founder during the Code 2021 Conference on Tuesday: “You can’t sue to get to the Moon. , no matter how good your lawyers are. ”

Musk was responding to a question from journalist Kara Swisher about how Bezos’s space company, Blue Origin, recently sued to block a contract NASA gave SpaceX to develop a lunar lander. Amazon has also protested SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites with the Federal Communications Commission.

Swisher asked Musk on Tuesday if he had spoken to Bezos about legal fights. “Not verbally, just … subtweets,” Musk said. (In August, Musk tweeted: “It turns out Kisses [sic] retired to seek a full-time job filing lawsuits against SpaceX… ”)

Musk wasn’t all vinegar when it came to his multi-million dollar space race cohort. When asked by Swisher about the suborbital flights that Bezos and Richard Branson recently took with their own companies, Musk said he “thought it was great that they are spending money advancing space.” But, he was sure to point out, “suborbital is [just] one step in the direction of the orbit “.

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