Elon Musk calls Jeff Bezos a 'copycat'

Marco Green
April 11, 2019

Bezos, the richest man in the world, founded aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight services company Blue Origin in 2000.

Musk's three-word burn (which is scooping up more likes and retweets by the second) came in reply to news that Amazon is in the early stages of an ambitious plan to provide broadband internet access to millions of people worldwide by launching 3,236 satellites into orbit. Known as Project Kuiper, the initiative was revealed through a set of federal filings.

Musk directed the snubbed tweet to Bezos after he learned of Project Kuiper.

SpaceX announced plans for a similar project back in 2015, and other companies, including Facebook, are planning something of the sort as well.

More than one year ago, Musk's SpaceX launched its first two test satellites into orbit for its Starlink constellation, which he said will provide global broadband to "serve [the] least served".

Launching a constellation of satellites to provide broadband access to under-served communities is something Musk did in 2018 - when SpaceX launched Starlink, which involves almost 12,000 satellites.

Badyal was sacked by Musk who became inpatient with the space of development.

Bezos' Blue Origin is focused on building the infrastructure that will make it possible for future humans to live in free-floating space pod colonies.

Musk has fired back at Bezos regarding his rocket venture before.

Bezos wrote his rocket was "the rarest of beasts".

Bezos issued no response to this week's jab from Musk, on Twitter or otherwise, but there was a tweet from OneWeb founder and executive chairman Greg Wyler. Three years ago, the pair got into a face-off about who was the first space entrepreneur to successfully launch a reusable rocket.

Project Kuiper will send 784 satellites at 367 miles (591 kilometers), 1,296 satellites at 379 miles, and 1,156 satellites at 391 miles, according to a filing with the International Telecommunications Union, as per the Technology Review.

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