Elon Musk’s SpaceX was in the news just a few days ago for breaking the record over launching the most number of satellites in the orbit. It had successfully placed 143 satellites in one go, breaking the earlier record of 104 satellites by the Indian Research and Space organization (ISRO) in 2017.
“Falcon 9 launches 143 spacecraft to orbit, the most ever deployed on a single mission — completing SpaceX’s first dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Programme mission,” SpaceX had stated via a tweet.
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Jeff Bezos fight with Elon Musk
Today Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are fighting over the right altitude for placing their satellites in Space. Both the Rich guys have similar projects planned. While Starlink Internet project from the stable of Musk plans to deliver high-speed internet with the help of about 12,000 Satellites. Bezos plans the same via Project Kuiper for which it has planned for about 3000 low earth orbit satellites. Starlink has already launched about 1000 satellites in space, while Project Kuiper is yet to launch.
“It does not serve the public to hamstring Starlink today for an Amazon satellite system that is at best several years away from operation,” Musk tweeted on Tuesday.
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The bone of contention is a request by SpaceX to the US Federal Communications Commission for permissions to lower the altitude of some of its satellites. Bezos has objected to these requests, claiming it would hamstring competition among the satellite systems.
“The facts are simple. We designed the Kuiper System to avoid interference with Starlink, and now SpaceX wants to change the design of its system,” said a statement by an Amazon spokesperson.