Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, the richest in the world, battle for satellite fleets

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The statement followed a tweet from Musk, the richest person according to Bloomberg data.

The two richest men in the world argue in front of US regulators over heavenly real estate for their satellite fleets.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has requested permission from the Federal Communications Commission to operate Starlink communications satellites in a lower orbit than originally planned.

According to Jeff Bezos’ Amazon.com Inc., there is a risk of interference and collision with the planned Kuiper satellites, which, like Starlink, are to transmit Internet services from space.

A dispute, usually limited to regulatory filings, becomes publicly visible and reveals the great personalities involved when billionaires pursue dreams in the sky.

“It is the changes proposed by SpaceX that would hinder competition between satellite systems,” tweeted Amazon on Tuesday from its official news account. “It is clearly in SpaceX’s best interest to stifle competition in the cradle when it can, but it is certainly not in the public’s interest.”

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According to Jeff Bezos’ Amazon.com Inc., there is a risk of interference and collision with the planned Kuiper satellites, which, like Starlink, are to transmit Internet services from space.

The statement followed a tweet from Musk, the richest person according to Bloomberg data.

“It does not serve the public to obstruct Starlink today for an Amazon satellite system that is at best a few years out of service,” Musk said in a tweeted response to coverage by CNBC journalist Michael Sheetz.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. von Musk has launched more than 1,000 satellites for its Starlink Internet service and is earning early customers in the US, UK and Canada. Amazon received FCC approval for a fleet of 3,236 satellites last year and has not yet launched any.

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Amazon had previously asked the FCC to decline SpaceX’s request for lower orbits. According to the agency, the change would put SpaceX satellites into orbits of the Kuiper system.

SpaceX pushed back its calls to the FCC, saying its plans would not add interference to what are known as Amazon’s “nascent plans”.

Lower orbit allows for faster internet service because the signal doesn’t travel as far. SpaceX told the FCC that the proximity of the satellites to Earth reduced the risk of space debris, as they would fall out of orbit faster than taller spacecraft.

SpaceX eventually plans to operate around 12,000 satellites and has received FCC approval for around 4,400 birds, including 1,584 in 550 kilometers – where its satellites are currently orbiting. The company is seeking permission to station an additional 2,824 satellites at the same approximate elevation, rather than twice what was originally proposed.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and published from a syndicated feed.)

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