Musk has never been short of heat. On May 31, Musk’s SpaceX successfully launched a manned space flight, opening up a commercial history of manned spaceflight, and Musk became the embodiment of American heroes. Just yesterday, Starlink successfully completed its eighth satellite launch mission, and 60 satellites were launched again on a Falcon 9 carrier rocket.
There is no doubt that Musk is rewriting the history of human spaceflight. But Musk has never been absent in a tussle with rival Bezos.
Musk blasts Bezos online
On the morning of June 4, Musk “named” Amazon CEO Bezos on Twitter, saying: “It’s a monopoly, it’s time to split Amazon!” according to cNBC.
What’s going on?
It turned out that Musk was a writer.”
The author, Alex Berenson, posted a screenshot on Twitter showing his upcoming book about Covid-19, “Unreported Truth about New Coronary Pneumonia and The Block,” that did not meet Amazon’s sales guidelines, accusing amazon of vague vetting, saying it had removed the book from the Kindle after reviewing it.
Amazon’s original text says:
Your book doesn’t meet our rules and won’t be sold. As the information about the outbreak is now mixed, we want to provide readers with more official and conclusive information.
It may seem like nothing wrong with it, but it makes Musk, who has always been “outspoken,” unhappy. The author’s tweet was immediately retweeted and Bezos was named.
After Musk’s move, many netizens were outraged by Amazon’s actions, saying that “the views expressed by Berenson are correct.”
Others, like Musk, have expressed strong dissatisfaction with Amazon’s “choice” to control media and books.
Amazon has also “compromised” with Musk and other netizens.
An Amazon spokesman responded to the incident by “innocent” writer Berenson and claiming the book had been mistakenly removed and has now been put back on sale.
Berenson also tweeted that Amazon had compromised! Also thanking Musk.
It’s worth noting that the former New York Times reporter, Alex Berenson, has been equally outspoken, publicly saying that the risk of a new corona outbreak and its fatality rate is much lower than reported in the media. In the forthcoming book, he mentions that “the blockade itself is problematic”.
And that’s what Musk is “following” in, not long ago, when He was desperate to get Tesla back to work before the ban was lifted in California, and tweeted: “Tesla is back in work today in violation of the Alameda County order, and I will be with you.” If someone is arrested, I will ask to arrest myself only. “
Coincidentally, a few days ago, there was news that Tesla employees had infected with the new crown.
Bezos, however, did not respond to Musk’s complaint.
Musk’s “new and old feud” with Bezos
In fact, Musk and Bezos have a long history of feuds.
As early as 2000, Bezos founded Blue Origin, a commercial space company, with plans to fly paid passengers in the future.
Blue Origin is an aerospace airline founded by Bezos and currently employs more than 600 people. Previously, Blue Origin’s most famous project was the New Shepherd recyclable rocket and the eye-catching paid space tourism program.
In addition to blue origins, Amazon wants to capture more of the space market. In April 2019, Amazon announced that it was accelerating the launch of a global satellite broadband service called Project Kuiper, which plans to launch 3,236 low-Earth orbit satellites to build their own satellite Internet network to add more customers worldwide.
According to space news, Amazon’s Kuiper satellite has a design life of seven years, less than half the time of a traditional geosynchronous communications satellite, and will be launched in five waves.
The first wave consists of 578 satellites that will provide Internet services in two horizontal coverage zones, one between 39 degrees north latitude and 56 degrees north (roughly north of Philadelphia to Moscow) and the other from 39 degrees south to 56 degrees south (roughly from Hastings in New Zealand to the top of the Great Britain’s South Sandwich Islands in the Atlantic). The next four waves will cover the equator.
Although SpaceX was founded in 2002, Musk has repeatedly publicly mocked Bezos’s blue origins on Twitter. In 2015, he publicly taunted Bezos, saying blue Origin’s recyclable rocket was three years behind SpaceX.
Bezos’s proposal in 2019 to deploy the satellite Internet network was derided by Musk as a “copy dog.” Bezos, however, did not respond positively.
In terms of the actions on both sides, it’s clear that Musk is a radical, with SpaceX conducting 20 launches in 2018 alone, about 20 percent of the world’s total, and now there are 480 satellites in the sky, and the action will be even faster.
By contrast, conservative Bezos has a space dream, but Blue Origin hasn’t launched any rockets into orbit, which is a bit slower.
However, the strength of Blue Origin is no less impressive. Blue Origin and SpaceX are among the winning bidders in NASA’s latest moon landing program.
Musk’s call for Amazon spin-off is nothing new
Amazon is the forerunner of the e-commerce platform and the world’s largest e-commerce platform, with amazon cloud computing AWS, smart voice system Alexa, No Man’s Store Amazon Go, logistics systems, aviation and more.
In contrast, Amazon’s share price soared after a brief period of volatility, rising more than 20 percent so far, making it the first big company to rebound to a new high. Bezos’s latest fortune is also $143.1 billion, the world’s richest man.
But in recent years, Amazon has been repeatedly asked to split because of its size and its dominion in e-commerce.
Last July, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an antitrust investigation into Amazon, and the House Judiciary Committee asked Amazon and other tech giants to submit corporate data for investigation. Amazon also announced a lawsuit against the U.S. government, accusing Trump of pressuring the U.S. Department of Defense to discriminate against Amazon AWS and award $10 billion worth of cloud computing to Microsoft Azure.
Former Democratic presidential candidates, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have also called for Amazon to be split because of its size and its dominance in the e-commerce sector.
Even President Trump has repeatedly sided with Musk, pressing Amazon on several occasions.
In addition, during the outbreak, more than 50 Amazon warehouses were infected because they were not adequately equipped to prevent the disease, and employees across the United States went on strike to protest, while Amazon cut an event organizer, sparking complaints among employees.
So for Amazon and Bezos, it’s not just Musk’s arch-rival.