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The Elon Musk vs. Jeff Bezos Rivalry

  Elon Musk vs. Jeff Bezos Rivalry

 Elon Musk vs. Jeff Bezos Rivalry elon musk and jeff bezos two billionaires with deep pockets thriving businesses and skyhigh ambitions while bezos is the king of ecommerce and musk a titan of tech the pair have crossed paths more times than im sure they would like igniting a few laced with jet fuel that really ed to heat up despite bezos and musk rising up through two completely different industries their interests did eventually clash triggering 

what we like to consider the new era space race

 you see jeff bezos is the ceo and founder of blue origin an innovative aerospace manufacturer thats striving to make space exploration cheaper on the other hand elon musk is the ceo and founder of spacex an innovative aerospace manufacturer thats also striving to make space exploration cheaper im sure you can see why this is causing some friction but it hasnt always been musk in the red corner bezos in the blue in fact they even shared dinner together in to discuss ideas about their pioneering space endeavors 
when both space companies were in their infancy the pair didn't have all that much to measure up against bezos ed blue origin in and musk got SpaceX off the ground in however it wasnt until many years later either would actually launch something resembling a rocket while both companies threw some weight around in the same industry for over a decade the clash only ed to gain some real momentum in 

when nasa decided to offer up its historic 

launch site complex 39a the 39a pad served as the ing point for countless space missions spanning as far back as the 1960s including the infamous apollo in after nasa retired its shuttle fleet in they decided it was time to hand the facilities management over to a private company saving taxpayers around a month in upkeep costs alone so
 when the tried and tested launch facility came up for grabs in complete with nasa built infrastructure both men obviously wanted to take advantage of the opportunity musk proposed using the facility to launch spacexs falcon rocket and eventually the falcon heavy rocket that was still yet to be built spacex was already launching the falcon from a nearby pad for satellite missions and taxiing cargo to the international space station the proposal also hinted at future launches carrying nasa astronauts to the station as well
 while musk intended to use the launch site mostly for spacex endeavours bezos and blue origin took a different approach blue origin proposed managing 39a as a multiuser facility saying that they would offer the pad to other rocket companies to use while they work towards making use of it at a later date essentially bezos wanted to rent to rent and musk was all ready to go tilting the scales in his favor feeling a little behind musk really squeezed bezos his inner lemon so in a bitter response he partnered up with the united launch alliance to file a formal protest with the government to void musks application they pleaded that musks plans to use the launch site exclusively for spacex were unfair after all sharing is caring musk dubbed it a load of bs and a phony blocking tactic stating that spacex was open to sharing the site with nasa and other private companies if necessary after a few back and forth nasa eventually moved forward into negotiations finalizing a deal with musk coming into leaving bezos out of the picture entirely so it was onetonil in musks favor but this was just the beginning and less than a year later the two were firing shots once again bezos had previously filed patents for technology to build reusable rockets that land on a sea going platform the kind that can take off and land multiple times in its usable life a key component of making space travel more affordable despite spacex being the industry leader and already testing a number of small takeoff and landing rockets if 
when they succeeded in making one fully operational they would be forced to pay bezos and blue origin settlement litigation or licensing fees musk being a big player didnt fancy the idea of shelling out cash to his competitor so disputed the patent profusely stating that the idea of launching a rocket and landing it vertically is an old one musk even mustered up some old scifi footage that showed space rockets landing on boats explaining that the blue origin patents were a demonstration of old ideas and repeated technologies musk continued to fight his corner and on September the 1st he reigned victorious
 when all points of Bezos's patent were finally canceled up until this point the feud between musk and bezos was mostly private but by the end of things ed to go public back and forth twitter public on november the 23rd blue origin successfully launched and landed its new shepard rocket marking them the first company to successfully fly a sub orbital booster to space and return it safely back to earth for landing bezos made his way to twitter and said the rarest of beasts a used rocket controlled landing not easy but done right can look easy alongside a short video clip musk responded with a tweet of congratulations but he couldnt just leave it at that he went on to say that its important to clear up the differences between space and orbit explaining that it takes speeds of mach to get to space which is what blue origin achieved and mach to get into orbit 
which is what musk said he was on track to achieve he also stated that rocketing up a payload and bringing the booster back for landing is going to take times more energy in short musk was telling bezos good job buddy but your little blue origin is not even in the same league as myspacex just a month later musk did exactly 
what he said he would by sending a payload into space and returning the booster safely back for landing the friction between the two increased and the frequency of the public bickerings continued a few years later and the beef is still in full swing at a private lecture in new york bezos threw a steaming hot bowl of criticism at musks goal to colonize mars he said my friends
 who want to move to mars i say do me a favor go live on the top of mount everest for a year first and see if you like it because its a garden paradise compared to mars he also went on to say that we ie musk should focus on going to the moon as launching from the moon will be the quickest way to get to the red planet skipping out the moon is seductive but wrong rather convenient comments seeing as blue origin also revealed their first lunar lander named the blue moon the same year to poke back a little fun musk tweeted a picture of bezos blue moon editing the name to read blue balls later saying that putting the word blue on anything massive and ball shaped is a terrible branding choice a cheap laugh but a good dig all the same another round of tweets occurred just a month prior to the blue balls event after bezos tweeted about amazon plans to launch more than satellites to provide internet to unserved and underserved communities musk announced basically the same thing with starlink back in so saw it fit to publicly call bezos a copycat using emojis of course the bezos and musk saga continues well into and is showing zero signs of slowing down elon musk tweeted on june the 4th that its time to break up amazon and the monopolies are wrong tagging bezos
 who is currently the richest man in the world musks tweet was in response to a writer
 who said that his book unreported truths about kobit and the lockdown was being removed from amazon for violating unspecified guidelines after musk spoke out to his million followers an amazon spokeswoman stated the book was removed in error and was subsequently put back onto the amazon store bezos had no comment on the matter despite not getting any replies from the amazon founder musk redeployed the pussycat for a second swipe just a couple of weeks later the tweet came after amazon acquired zukes a selfdriving car up for a little over billion dollars in june of musk and his team at tesla have been tirelessly developing autonomous driving systems for years cementing themselves as the industry leaders sure they have a few competitors but they are way out in front of the pack for the time being zoox is already viewed as a progressive up and coming company in the field of autonomous cars the huge influx in capital that amazon will surely pump into the venture could mean a new ping on teslas radar so a copycat tweet was the obvious goto this time followed by a haha the bezos and musk feud has spanned over decades sometimes serious sometimes harmless however things are inevitably going to escalating both men are incredibly powerful and they certainly have the capital to back it up now that the pair share not only the space exploration sector but also the internet and selfdriving car sector they could clashing heads ever more frequently believe it or not this is potentially great news for all of us and not just on the entertainment front competition of this calibre means progress and urgency with bezos pushing musk and musk pushing bezos these new emerging technologies will likely get to us sooner be better and potentially be cheaper too lets just hope one doesnt bankrupt the other in the process '