Jeff Bezos’ job is ‘legal actions against SpaceX’ Starlink

Jeff Bezos, left, and Elon Musk

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Elon Musk fired his latest shot across the bow at Jeff Bezos, as the billionaires’ companies spar in front of federal regulators over satellite internet.

After Amazon asked the Federal Communications Commission to dismiss SpaceX’s latest amendment to its Starlink satellite network, Musk emphasized his company’s response that Bezos is exceptionally litigious.

“Filing legal actions against SpaceX is *actually* his full-time job,” Musk tweeted Wednesday.

Amazon did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

SpaceX filed a Starlink amendment on Aug. 19 with the FCC, outlining its plan for the Gen2 version of its satellite network.

Starlink is the company’s capital-intensive project to build an interconnected internet network with thousands of satellites, known in the space industry as a constellation, designed to deliver high-speed internet to consumers anywhere on Earth. While the Starlink service is still in beta, the company has over 100,000 users in 14 countries, with over half a million orders or refundable deposits placed by potential customers.

SpaceX has launched 1,740 Starlink satellites to date, and Gen2 is planned to have nearly 30,000 satellites in total.

Amazon’s dismissal request

Amazon has been working on its own satellite internet called Project Kuiper. It plans to launch 3,236 internet satellites into low Earth orbit — a system that would compete with Starlink. While Amazon in December passed a critical early hardware milestone for the antennas it needs to connect to the network, it has yet to begin producing or launching its satellites.

Bezos’ company asked the FCC to dismiss SpaceX’s Gen2 amendment request, saying it violates FCC rules by proposing two different configurations in orbit.

“By leaving nearly every major detail unsettled — such as altitude, inclination, and even the
total number of satellites — SpaceX’s application fails every test,” Amazon’s Kuiper corporate counsel Mariah Dodson Shuman wrote on Aug. 25.

SpaceX’s response

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