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Elon Musk chats about Starship and space telescopes … and Jeff Bezos’ rocket envy

29 Sep 2021, 01:14 UTC
Elon Musk chats about Starship and space telescopes … and Jeff Bezos’ rocket envy
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk chats with journalist Kara Swisher at the Code Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Asa Mathat for Vox Media)
In the latest chapter of a long-running space spat, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took aim at his billionaire rival Jeff Bezos today with a barrage of double entendres that were delivered from the stage at this week’s Code Conference.
The jests he shared with journalist Kara Swisher, host of the Beverly Hills event, focused on the phallic shape of the New Shepard suborbital rocket ship built by Blue Origin, Bezos’ space venture.
“It could be a different shape, potentially,” Musk noted.
“Could you explain from a technological point of view why it’s that shape?” Swisher asked.
“If you are only doing suborbital, then your rocket can be shorter, yes,” Musk joked.
More seriously, Musk said Bezos and Blue Origin should spend less time contesting NASA’s $2.9 billion award to SpaceX for a Starship lunar lander and more time getting the company’s New Glenn rocket to orbit. New Glenn’s first launch is currently scheduled for late 2022.
“You cannot sue your way to the moon, no matter how good your lawyers are,” he said. When Swisher asked ...

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