Space Technology

Problems with Musk’s Satellite Internet Ventures

As the tech giants’ space corporations traded barbs about their competing satellite internet ventures being examined by authorities, a spat exploded Tuesday between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Amazon, created and headed by Bezos, released a statement alleging that Starlink, Musk’s competitor SpaceX project, was pursuing design improvements that could “build a more toxic situation for crashes in space” and enhance radio interference as well. “Given what SpaceX publishes on Twitter, it is SpaceX’s new proposals that would impede competition amongst satellite systems,” Amazon stated in a statement detailing its regulatory objections.

“It is obviously in SpaceX’s favor to smother rivalry in the cradle if they want to, but it is definitely not in the public’s best interest.” Meanwhile, Musk shot off his opposition to the lawsuit from Amazon, arguing that his proposal is going quicker than that of his competitor. “It does not represent the people to curtail Starlink currently for an Amazon satellite system that is at best several years away from operation, “It does not serve the public today to curtail Starlink for the Amazon satellite project that would be at best a few years away from launch. Musk, who is also Tesla’s creator and currently tried to overtake Bezos as the wealthiest person, is in a race toward Amazon’s $10 billion space-based internet distribution system; Project Kuiper earned US regulatory clearance to launch over 3,000 low-orbit satellites.

To shape a global telecommunications grid, SpaceX has been launching tiny satellites and is pressing regulators for approval to shift them into the lower orbits, which has sparked Amazon’s concerns. In a petition to the Federal Communications Commission, SpaceX claimed that altering the orbit being requested would not raise the likelihood of interfering with competing satellites. It argued that all reports of such interruption were “inaccurate” and that Amazon was attempting to “stifle competition.”

SpaceX on Sunday deployed its Falcon 9 rocket with an unprecedented number of the satellites on board. Scientists have voiced concern about the amount of objects across Earth clogging space. SpaceX claims the satellites are built to burn up in the next few years’ time in the atmosphere. Project Kuiper seeks to provide cellular providers and 5G networks with satellite-based internet coverage in the United States, and potentially around the world, and can provide networking.

SpaceX has far more big ambitions for 2021, after such a record-setting 2020 defined by 24 orbital missions, comprising two manned missions to the International Space Station. The company’s target is to deploy 48 Falcon flights this year, as per SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, which corresponds to launching a rocket almost every week.

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