Why Elon Musk & Jeff Bezos Clashing?

Atul Kumar Prasad
4 min readOct 29, 2021

Up until this point the feud between Musk and Bezos was mostly private but by the end of 2015 things started to go to public back and forth twitter public. On November the 23

rd, 2015, Blue Origin successfully launched and landed its new shaped rocket marking them the first company to successfully fly a sub-orbital booster to space and return it safely back to earth for landing. Bezos made his way to twitter and said the rarest of beasts, a used rocket controlled landing not easy but done right can look easy alongside a short video clip. Musk responded with a tweet of congratulations but he couldn’t just leave it at that he went on to say that it’s important to clear up the differences between space and orbit explaining that it takes speed of mach 3 to get space which is what Blue origin achieved and mach 30 to get orbit which is what Musk said he was on track to achieve. He also stated that rocketing up a payload and bringing the booster back for landing is going to take 100 times more energy, in short Musk was telling Bezos good job buddy but your little Blue Origin is not even in the same league as my SpaceX, just a month later Musk did exactly what he said he would by sending a payload into space and returning the booster safely back for landing. The friction between the two increased and the frequency of public bickering continued. A few years later and the beef is still in full swing at a private lecture in New York. Bezos threw a steaming a hot bowl of criticism at Musk’s goal to colonize Mars. He said “ My friends who want to move to Mars I say do me a favor, go live on the top of Mount Everest for a year and see if you like it because it’s garden paradise compared to mars”. He also went to say that we i.e. Musk should focus on going to the moon as launching from moon is the quickest way to get red planet skipping out the moon is seductive but wrong rather convenient comments seeing as blue origin also revealed their first lunar lander named the Blue Moon the same year, to poke back a little fun Musk tweeted a picture of Bezos blue moon editing the name to read blue balls later saying that putting the word blue on anything massive and bold shaped is a terrible branding choice. A cheap laugh but a good dig all the same another round of tweets occurred just a month prior to blue balls event after Bezos tweeted about Amazon plan to launch more than 3000 satellites to provide un-served and underserved communities. Musk announced basically the same thing withstarlink back in 2018 so saw it fit to publicly call Bezos a copycat using emojis of course. The Bezos and Musk Saga continue well in 2020 and are showing zero sign of slowing down. Elon Musk tweeted on June 4, 2020 that it’s time to break Amazon and the monopolies are wrong tagging Bezos who is currently the richest man in the world. Musk’s tweet was in response to a writer who said that his book Unreported Truths About COVID-19 and the Lockdown was being removed from Amazon for violating unspecified guidelines. After Musk spoke out to his 30 million followers an Amazon spokeswoman stated the book was removed in error and was subsequently put back on the Amazon store. Bezos had no comment on the matter. Despite not getting any replies from Amazon founder Musk redeployed the pussycat for a second swipe just a couple of weeks later. The tweet came after Amazon acquired Zoox — a self driving car startup for a little over $1.2 billion in June of 2020. Musk and his team tirelessly developing a autonomous driving systems for year cementing themselves as the industry leaders sure they have few competitors but they are way out in front of pack for the time being. Zoox is already viewed as a progressive up and coming company in field of autonomous cars, the huge influx in capital that Amazon will surely pump into the venture could mean a new ping on Tesla’s radar so a copycat tweet was the obvious go-to this time.

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