Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, the world’s two richest men, are in a dispute over satellite Internet ambitions. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX had recently asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to operate Starlink satellites to lower altitudes than initially planned.
But Amazon’s Jeff Bezos says such a move could risk interference and collision with Amazon’s Kuiper satellites, which are also designed to facilitate Internet services from the space.
According to Bloomberg, the dispute meant to be confined to regulatory filings, has spilled over into the general public view in a spat that showcases the massive personalities concerned as billionaires chase their desires within the sky. “It’s SpaceX’s proposed modifications that may hamstring competitors amongst satellite TV for PC methods,” Amazon stated in a tweet on Tuesday.
Elon Musk took to Twitter on Tuesday, “SpaceX’s rideshare offering provides increased access to space for small satellite operators seeking a reliable, affordable ride to orbit.”
Musk’s comment came after SpaceX director David Goldman spoke with FCC officials last week to discuss the company’s proposal to move some of the Starlink satellites to lower altitudes. In a presentation to the FCC, Goldman highlighted that Amazon representatives have had 30 meetings to oppose SpaceX but no meetings to authorise its own system, arguing that the technology giant is attempting to stifle competition.