Amazon sent a letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) complaining about the number of satellites SpaceX intends to put into operation, an estimated 30,000.
According to the document, which transcended to the media, Amazon asks the FCC to reconsider this number, Amazon says that having so many satellites in orbit could generate problems such as hindering the development of other projects, including Amazon’s Project Kuiper, which would be implemented in the coming years.
«Care must be taken to ensure that SpaceX’s satellites do not come at the expense of competition and innovation from other emerging systems, once launched, the devices remain in orbit for years and even decades.»
Affirms the letter sent to the FCC.
It was specified that about 10,000 Starlink satellites could converge at the same altitudes as those of Project Kuiper, so they demand «reasonable conditions» that allow there to be no interference between both services.
It is not a secret that Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, through their companies Amazon and Tesla or Starlink, respectively, have had direct competitions in some of the areas they cover, for some months there have been accusations from both parties regarding not obeying rules or even using spaces that corresponded to the other.
Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, considered two of the two richest men in the world and tech moguls, are regularly targets of continuous comparisons because they both own competing companies. Amazon owner Jeff Bezos has his space initiative called Blue Origin, which competed directly with Elon Musk for NASA projects, both have satellite Internet projects, one more advanced than the other, Starlink by Elon Musk and Project Kuiper by Jeff Bezos.