Satellites caused a public spat this week over social media platforms between the founder a company SpaceX, (Elon Musk) Elon Musk, Founder a company Amazon, Jeff Bezos, after he had been in meetings with regulators for several months.
The new dispute is the latest problem among billionaires on a slice of the $ 1 trillion telecoms market.
Musk and Bezos, the two richest people in the world, are racing to build huge networks of satellites in low earth orbit capable of delivering high-speed internet to rural areas of the world that have little or no internet access.
SpaceX 955 has a satellite in orbit for the Starlink network and plans to launch thousands more, while Amazon’s Kuiper system is in early stages of development without any satellites in orbit yet.
The dispute centers on a deposit from last summer, when SpaceX asked FCC officials to agree to change some Starlink satellites to altitudes of 540 to 570 km – near the proposed Amazon constellation, which orbits Earth at an altitude of 590 km.
SpaceX says the modification makes it easier to take old satellites out of orbit without causing interference in the spectrum with other satellite operators.
But Amazon says it creates interference, increases the risk of satellite collisions, and gets in the way of the future Amazonian constellation, as approved by the FCC.
Musk tweeted, echoing the points on the deposit sayingToday’s blocking of Starlink for the sake of Amazon’s satellite system which is several years away from operation at best is not serving the public.
SpaceX director of satellite policy, David Goldman, said in the filing: “Competitors are picking out the data and ignoring real changes in the amendment in order to arrive at misleading allegations of interference.”
In response to Musk’s tweet, Amazon released a statement saying: The facts are simple, we designed the Kuiper system to avoid interference with Starlink, and SpaceX now wants to change its system design.
Amazon said: Despite what SpaceX publishes via Twitter, the proposed changes from SpaceX are what would impede competition between systems, and it is clear that it is in SpaceX’s interest to stifle competition in the cradle if they can, but this is certainly not in the public’s interest.
Public accusations represent an unusual escalation of the kind of industrial conflict usually limited to FCC filings.
And the entry of Bezos and Musk into the world of satellites to the creation of new chaos for a huge industry full of companies, SpaceX aims to invest a total of $ 10 billion in Starlink, and Bezos has pledged to invest $ 10 billion in Kuiper.