Bezos and musk dispute over satellite orbit

Jeff Bezos, the world’s second richest man, and Elon Musk, the world’s first richest man, argued over the orbital space of the satellite Internet Project on the 26th.

Bezos and musk are chief executives of Amazon and space exploration technologies, respectively. According to Agence France Presse, Amazon issued a statement on the same day, hoping that the regulatory authorities would not approve the application of space exploration technology company to adjust the orbit height of its “star chain” satellite. “It is clearly in the interest of space exploration technology companies to stifle competition in the cradle, but it is certainly not in the public interest,” the statement said

The statement said that changing the design of the “star chain” project could make the space environment more dangerous, lead to “space collision” and increase radio interference.

Musk tweeted back the same day, saying Amazon blocked the “star chain” because its satellite system “project Kuiper” was lagging behind. “It’s not in the public interest to block the” satellite chain “for the sake of an Amazon satellite system that will take years to come into operation,” the tweet reads

The “star chain” project plans to launch 12000 satellites into space from 2019 to 2024 to build a “star chain” network and provide Internet services. So far, more than 1000 satellites have been successfully launched. Last year, project Kuiper approved the deployment of 3236 satellites in low earth orbit, also for the purpose of providing Internet services, but it has not yet started to manufacture and launch satellites.

The planned orbit altitude of the satellite is 1110 km to 1320 km above the ground. Last year, the space exploration technology company applied to the Federal Communications Commission to lower the deployment orbit of the “star chain” satellite to 540-570 km above the ground, saying it could reduce the broadband signal delay.

The lowest orbit altitude of the project is 590 km above the ground. Amazon is worried that after the orbit of the “star chain” satellite is lowered, the satellites of the two projects are too close to each other for fear of interference. (end) (Ou SA)

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