Billionaire Beef: Elon Musk calls Jeff Bezos a copycat…again
This isn’t the first time the Tesla CEO has squared off against the Amazon founder on Twitter.
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“Jeff Bezos is a copy[cat] haha," tweeted Musk, sharing a link to an article about Bezos' Zoox purchase.
.@JeffBezos is a copy haha https://t.co/plR7uupqBG— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 1593192533000
But this is not the first time Musk has called Bezos a copycat or squared off against him on Twitter.
Here are a few instances when Musk faced off against Bezos:
Starlink vs. Project Kuiper
Last year, when Amazon announced its plans to launch 3,236 satellites into orbit to provide broadband Internet access - a project that seemed very similar to one Musk’s SpaceX had embarked on in late 2017 when it had launched Starlink Internet satellites around its Falcon 9 rocket - Musk replied to a story on Project Kuiper, tagging Bezos and writing “copy” followed by the cat emoji.
Now Amazon plans to launch a massive constellation of more than 3,000 internet satellites https://t.co/PIbvYqcoqW— MIT Technology Review (@techreview) 1554853484000
Who Did It First?
A few years ago, the duo faced-off about who was the first space entrepreneur to successfully launch a reusable rocket. In 2015, when Bezos tweeted proudly about the successful launch and landing of Blue Origin’s then-new New Shepard rocket, calling it ‘the rarest of beasts’, Musk replied: “Not quite "rarest". SpaceX Grasshopper rocket did 6 suborbital flights 3 years ago & is still around.”
The rarest of beasts - a used rocket. Controlled landing not easy, but done right, can look easy. Check out video: https://t.co/9OypFoxZk3— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) 1448363666000
In a 2016 BBC interview, Musk was asked about his competitiveness with regulators and businessmen like Jeff Bezos in rockets and Detroit in the motor industry. When asked about Bezos in particular, Musk shrugged and jokingly replied, 'Jeff who?'.
Whose Pad is It Anyway?
The Musk-Bezos feud can be traced all the way back to 2013 when SpaceX won out over Bezos’ Blue Origin to take over the historic Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center which has served as the starting point for space missions since the 1960s.
In 2013, after the retirement of the shuttle fleet, NASA determined that it no longer needed the pad and decided to hand management of 39A over to a commercial operator that could upgrade the facility. Both Blue Origin and SpaceX submitted proposals to NASA to take over the maintenance and operations of Launch Pad 39A. Before NASA could reach its decision, Blue Origin filed a protest with the U.S. General Accountability Office, claiming its proposal to develop a multi-user facility better fit NASA’s declared intention for the pad. The request was later denied.
Ultimately SpaceX won, signing a 20-year lease for Pad 39A in 2014.