Musk was angry with Bezos that the latter hindered the development of satellite chains


Sina science and technology news in the morning of January 27, Beijing time, it is reported that two of the world’s richest people are fighting in front of the U.S. regulatory authorities on the celestial real estate of the satellite fleet.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX company has made a request to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow it to operate its Starlink communications satellite in a lower orbit than originally expected.
Jeff Bezos’s company said SpaceX’s move could interfere with its planned Kuiper satellite, or even cause a collision. Like the satellite chain, Kuiper also aims to provide Internet access services from space to the ground.
Usually, this kind of incident is only limited to the filing level of the regulatory authorities, but now the war of words between musk and Bezos has spread to the public. In this duel, the two billionaires both showed their pursuit of dreams and their personality charm.
“The changes proposed by SpaceX will hinder competition between satellite systems,” Bezos’s company said on its official twitter account on Tuesday. If possible, it is clearly in SpaceX’s interest to stifle competition in the cradle, but it is certainly not in the public interest. ”
“Today, it’s not in the public interest if we’re blocking the development of satellite chain for the sake of Amazon’s satellite system,” Musk said on twitter
Musk’s SpaceX company has launched more than 1000 satellite chains and has started serving customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Last year, Amazon obtained permission from the FCC to build a fleet of 3236 satellites, but the company has yet to launch any satellites.
Amazon had previously called on the FCC to reject SpaceX’s request to lower orbit. The documents submitted by the company show that lowering the orbit will put SpaceX satellite in the orbit of Kuiper system.
Then SpaceX hit back Amazon’s claim to the FCC, saying that its plan would not increase the disruption to Amazon’s “infant plan” capacity.
In the lower orbit, satellites can provide faster Internet services to ground users, because the signal transmission distance is shortened. SpaceX told the FCC that bringing satellites closer to the earth would reduce the risk of space debris because they would leave orbit faster than higher spacecraft.
SpaceX’s ultimate plan is to launch 12000 satellites. Currently, 4400 satellites have been authorized by the FCC, of which 1584 are 550 km above the ground. The company is currently seeking to launch another 2824 satellites at the same altitude, instead of the 1100 km previously planned.