SpaceX founder Elon Musk fired a shot at billionaire Jeff Bezos, saying that filing lawsuits against his firm is his “full time job”. It is the latest round of spat between the two companies in race to dominate the space internet field.
According to documents posted on Twitter by CNBC’s space reporter Michael Sheetz, Amazon, founded by Bezos, asked the United States’ Federal Communications Commission to dismiss SpaceX’s latest amendment to its Starlink satellite network. Musk’s company responded by calling it “the latest in continuing efforts by Amazon to slow down competition”.
“Processing is not an issue. Lasers links alleviate ground station constraints, so data can go from say Sydney to London through space, which is 40% faster speed of light than fiber & shorter path”.
Starlink is SpaceX’s ambitious project, launched by Musk to build an interconnected internet network with thousands of satellites. It is competing with Amazon’s Project Kuiper, which is also aiming to dominate the field.
No need for ground stations everywhere. Arctic will have great bandwidth” he said in response to another post on social media.
Musk also said that Starlink’s satellites will be launching in next few months with inter-satellite laser links, which would not require local downlink.
Other companies including Google, Apple and Amazon also rely on satellites to transmit data, as do telecom providers, government agencies and universities working on space research, insurance sources said.
The number of active satellites has jumped 68% from a year ago and more than 200% from five years ago.
There are 8,055 satellites roaming Earth’s orbits, 42% of them inactive, according to Seradata, which tracks the statistics. Most operate in the Lower Eart Orbit , which extends 2,000 kilometres beyond Earth.LEO satellites are much smaller than GEO satellites. Typically the size of a small refrigerator.