Elon Musk is not happy that fellow mega-billionaire Jeff Bezos continues to sue to stop SpaceX plans, and he shared a message for the Amazon founder at the 2021 code conference on Tuesday: ” you cannot continue on your way to the moon no matter how good your lawyers are.
Musk was responding to a question from reporter Kara Swisher about how Bezos’ space company Blue Origin recently sued to block a contract NASA gave SpaceX to develop a lunar lander. Amazon has also protested SpaceX’s Starlink Internet satellites to the Federal Communications Commission.
Swisher asked Musk on Tuesday if he had spoken to Bezos about the legal fights. “Not verbally, just… sub-tweets,” Musk said. (In August, Musk tweeted: “It turns out that Besos [sic] retired in order to pursue a full-time job filing lawsuits against SpaceX… ”)
Musk was not all vinegar when it came to his billionaire space race cohort. When asked by Swisher about the suborbital flights Bezos and Richard Branson have recently done with their own companies, Musk said he “found it cool that they were spending money on advancing space. “. But, he was safe to point out, “suborbital is [just] a step in the direction of orbit.