Elon Musk to Jeff Bezos: ‘You can’t continue your way to the moon’

Elon Musk isn’t happy that fellow mega-billionaire Jeff Bezos continues to sue for stopping SpaceX’s projects, and he shared a message for the Amazon founder at Tuesday’s 2021 Code Conference: “You can’t make your way to the moon.” prosecute, how good your lawyers are.”

Musk responded to a question from journalist Kara Swisher about how Bezos’ space company, Blue Origin, recently filed a lawsuit to block a contract NASA gave SpaceX to develop a lunar lander. Amazon has also protested SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites to the Federal Communications Commission.

Swisher asked Musk on Tuesday if he has spoken to Bezos about the legal battles. “Not verbally, just… subtweets,” Musk said. (In August, Musk tweeted: “Apparently Besos [sic] retired to pursue a full-time job and file lawsuits against SpaceX…”)

Musk wasn’t all vinegar to his billionaire cohort in the space race. When Swisher asked him about the suborbital flights Bezos and Richard Branson recently made with their own companies, Musk said he “thought it was cool that they are spending money on the advancement of space.” But, he was sure to point out, “suborbital is” [just] a step towards the job.”