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  • Narrator: The 21st century space race is here,

  • and in the midst of it all is a battle of the billionaires.

  • On one side, you have Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX,

  • and on the other, Jeff Bezos,

  • CEO and founder of Blue Origin.

  • Both are in a race to make space travel more affordable,

  • and as each company continues to grow and expand,

  • that race is heating up.

  • - Where did this all start?

  • Why are these two titans of the new space industry

  • clashing together?

  • This goes way back many, many years,

  • actually to the point where they were

  • not even conflicting at all.

  • In 2004, they had dinner together,

  • and they were not really enemies at all.

  • They just sat down, and they talked shop.

  • They talked about rockets:

  • "Well, how you gonna do this? How you gonna do that?"

  • "Well, this is how we're doing it.

  • "Here's how I wanna do it."

  • Narrator: Then again, things were different in 2004.

  • Both SpaceX and Blue Origin were relatively young companies.

  • Neither had launched anything into space.

  • And in fact, neither company

  • even had a functioning rocket yet.

  • - But fast-forward many years after their systems

  • started coming together, and what you start to see

  • is some rivalry, some big rivalry.

  • Narrator: One of the biggest flare-ups started in 2013

  • over the historic Launch Complex 39A.

  • After the space shuttles retired in 2011,

  • NASA wasn't using the launchpad.

  • - And so they opened it up for anybody who wants it.

  • SpaceX steps up to the plate

  • and says, "We want that for our rockets.

  • Look at 'em over here.

  • They're launching into space.

  • They're delivering useful things into orbit.

  • We'd like to use that as a point of operation."

  • Right after they did that, Blue Origin,

  • Jeff Bezos' company, comes in and says,

  • "We want that pad too."

  • Narrator: Bezos even went as far as filing

  • a complaint with the government

  • to prevent SpaceX from getting that launchpad.

  • Dave: And Elon Musk gets really mad about this,

  • and he says, "That's a phony blocking tactic.

  • This is just kind of a bunch of BS."

  • Narrator: Safe to say the feud

  • was officially in full swing.

  • Ultimately, SpaceX won, signing a 20-year lease

  • for pad 39A in 2014.

  • Then, later that same year, the two billionaires

  • were at it again, this time over patents.

  • Bezos had filed a patent for the technology

  • to build reusable rockets, a tactic

  • that could have earned him millions of dollars

  • from competitors who aimed to use similar technology.

  • But when Musk found out about it, he stepped in.

  • - And as part of his fight against this patent,

  • because Musk wanted to do the same thing

  • and he didn't want to have to shell out

  • gobs of money to Blue Origin, his competitor,

  • to use this concept, was he summoned this very old

  • I think Russian science-fiction movie

  • showing a rocket coming down and landing on a boat.

  • So that was used I think as evidence

  • to sort of put the kibosh on this patent,

  • and ultimately SpaceX prevailed.

  • Narrator: By the end of 2015,

  • the feud had made it to the world stage.

  • Of course, I'm talking about Twitter.

  • In November, Blue Origin launched and landed

  • its suborbital rocket for the first time.

  • - Jeff Bezos is really excited.

  • He goes onto Twitter and says,

  • "This is the rarest of beasts,

  • a used rocket back on the ground,"

  • to which Musk congratulates Bezos online,

  • but he also takes the opportunity

  • to sort of take a whack at this accomplishment

  • by saying, "Eh, it takes about 100 times more energy

  • to do what we're trying to do,

  • which is launch a payload into space

  • and bring the booster back.

  • That takes a hundred times the energy.

  • So great job, but we're gonna try this over here."

  • And that's exactly what SpaceX did a month later.

  • So this created some friction.

  • This is one of the first very public feuds

  • between Musk and Bezos, and it kept happening.

  • Narrator: So by 2019, the number of confrontations

  • had reached a record high.

  • At a private lecture in New York City,

  • Bezos criticized 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 top of Mount Everest

  • for a year first and see if you like it

  • because it's a garden paradise compared to Mars."

  • Shortly after that, Musk went after Bezos

  • for announcing Blue Origin's plan

  • to launch thousands of satellites into space

  • for faster, better internet worldwide.

  • Dave: The problem is Musk had previously announced that,

  • called Starlink, years before, and it's 12,000 satellites,

  • and so he called Jeff Bezos a copycat in front of everybody.

  • That was a big moment.

  • Narrator: And not long after that,

  • there was another tweet from Musk

  • about Blue Origin's latest announcement

  • to return to the moon on its Blue Moon lander.

  • - Musk couldn't help himself.

  • He chimed in with some childish humor

  • by saying this is a terrible branding choice

  • when you're putting blue on a giant ball.

  • Narrator: Wow.

  • But in the end, it doesn't really matter

  • which of them is first to go to the moon

  • or first to set up a colony beyond Earth.

  • Dave: Behind the scenes, their visions

  • aren't all that different.

  • They both want to preserve the Earth.

  • They both want to move humanity out into space,

  • where we can have a bigger, bolder future

  • than we would otherwise by just sticking

  • to the surface of a rock.

Narrator: The 21st century space race is here,

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The Elon Musk-Jeff Bezos Feud, Explained

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