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Musk Vs Bezos: True Space Commerce Has Finally Arrived

By Keith Cowing
May 26, 2021
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Musk Vs Bezos: True Space Commerce Has Finally Arrived

The rivalry between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos already was intense. Now it’s extending to the moon., Washington Post
“In a flier distributed on Capitol Hill last week, Elon Musk’s SpaceX warned that legislation now being considered would reward “Jeff Bezos with a $10 billion sole-source hand-out” that would tie up NASA’s moon plans and hand “space leadership to China.” Bezos’s Blue Origin space company countered quickly and forcefully. “Lie.” “Lie.” “Lie,” it said of each of the allegations in SpaceX’s paper, adding: “What is Elon Musk afraid of … a little competition?” (Bezos owns The Washington Post.) The dueling documents are the latest point of tension in a long-simmering rivalry between two of the world’s wealthiest men, billionaire “space barons” who have sparred on and off for years in their quest to privatize human space exploration. Musk and Bezos have fought over a launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center, battled over a patent related to landing rockets and argued over which of them actually pulled off that feat first.”
Keith’s note: Well worth reading. Stop and think about this for a moment, space commerce fans: Two billionaires who take turns being the richest person on Earth – are spending billions from a seemingly inexhaustible pot of money – to develop their own space infrastructures that eclipses – much of which NASA is incapable of doing. And now they are spending time and money squabbling about doing things in space with each one (and other billionaires too) trying to out-compete the other by doing even more in space – usually with their own money.
In a nutshell: space is now something that is worth the effort of the world’s business leaders to use their finite work hours to trash talk about. Space is now much more important than it was a decade ago. The last time this sort of clash of the titans happened we ended up with vast train and airline systems, global communications networks, transnational manufacturing trade, etc. Just think of what lies ahead.

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