Amazon.com Inc told U.S. regulators on Wednesday that Elon Musk doesn’t believe government regulations apply to the billionaire who runs Tesla Inc and SpaceX as the companies fight over rival satellite internet plans.
In a harshly drafted file with the Federal Communications Commission, Amazon accused Musk of ignoring various government-imposed rules, including several Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements.
“Whether it’s launching satellites with unlicensed antennas, launching rockets without approval, building an unapproved launch tower, or reopening a factory in violation of a shelter-in-place order, the Conduct of SpaceX and other companies led by Musk makes it clear to them: the rules are for others, and those who insist or even simply demand compliance deserve derision and ad hominem attacks, ”Amazon wrote. “If the FCC regulated hypocrisy, SpaceX would keep the busy commission busy.”
SpaceX and Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday. The FCC and FAA declined to comment.
Amazon’s Project Kuiper, a planned $ 10 billion network of more than 3,000 satellites that will provide high-speed internet from space, faces stiff competition from SpaceX’s Starlink network.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Musk are rivals when it comes to private space launches. Bezos’ Blue Origin challenged the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s decision to award a $ 2.9 billion lunar lander contract to SpaceX.
On August 25, Amazon asked the FCC to reject a proposed SpaceX review of its satellite configuration plans, saying it was at odds with FCC rules and left “almost all major details unresolved.”
Last week, SpaceX accused Amazon in its own FCC filing of seeking to delay SpaceX’s plan, saying it was “just the latest of its continued efforts to slow competition.”
SpaceX added: “While SpaceX has deployed more than 1,700 satellites, Amazon has yet to even attempt to address the radio frequency interference and orbital debris issues that need to be addressed before Amazon can deploy its constellation.”
SpaceX suggested that Amazon “because it lags behind its competitors … is more than willing to use regulatory and legal processes to create hurdles designed to delay those competitors from letting Amazon even further.”
Amazon’s file stated that “SpaceX has only one name for any private company that dares to point out its disregard for laws and regulations:” anti-competitive. “
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