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Blue Origin, founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, lodges complaint to US government against Elon Musk’s SpaceX, response from Tesla CEO issued.

Blue Origin Raises Environmental Concerns About SpaceX’s Starship Operations

In a high-stakes battle in the space industry, tensions are running high between two of the biggest players – Blue Origin and SpaceX. The war of words has escalated to the point where Blue Origin, founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, has filed a complaint with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) against SpaceX, led by Tesla’s Elon Musk.

The heart of the matter lies in concerns raised by Blue Origin about the environmental impact of SpaceX’s Starship launches at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Blue Origin is specifically targeting Starship’s Super Heavy booster, which is set to be launched from the Kennedy Space Center. The complaint comes at a time when the FAA is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the upcoming launches.

Blue Origin’s main issue revolves around the massive fuel capacity of the Super Heavy booster, which they argue poses safety hazard zones that could impact surrounding areas, including Blue Origin’s own facilities and government operations. The company is pushing for limitations on the frequency of Starship launches and other activities to minimize environmental disruption.

Elon Musk, never one to back down from a fight, responded to Blue Origin’s complaint with a cheeky post on X, formerly Twitter, saying “Sue Origin”. This seems to be a sarcastic jab at Blue Origin’s history of resorting to legal action, rather than fair competition in the marketplace.

The proximity of Blue Origin’s facilities to SpaceX’s launch complex only adds fuel to the fire, with the former highlighting their presence at Kennedy Space Center and the potential impact of Starship operations on their properties.

As the battle between the two titans of the space industry heats up, all eyes are on the FAA to see how they will navigate these complex issues and determine the future of space launches in Florida.

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