Elon Musk mocks Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin flight, saying “your rocket may be shorter” for suborbital launches



Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.

co-founder of SpaceX Elon musk hit his rival and founder of Blue Origin Jeff Bezos Tuesday, poking fun at the shape of the rocket the Amazon founder recently flew in.

At Tuesday’s Code talk, interviewer Kara Swisher asked Musk about the phallic form of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket.

“I think it could potentially be a different form,” Musk said initially.

Pressed by Swisher on possible technical justifications for the shape, Musk added, “If you only get suborbital, your rocket may be shorter,” causing the audience to laugh.

In July, Bezos completed a 3-minute suborbital journey in a different flight from any previous launch, unmanned and without a space suit.

Musk, who has a passionate rivalry with Bezos and had already commented on a “Star Wars” meme mock theft, doubled Tuesday.

Musk’s company, SpaceX, completed the first flight for tourists orbiting Earth earlier this month, and he and Bezos have frequently jousting on social networks and through regulators and other legal channels. Blue Origin has filed a series of complaints with the FCC regarding SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet network and other matters.

“I think he should be putting more energy into orbit than pursuing lawsuits,” Musk said when asked by Swisher about Blue Origin’s lawsuits. “You can’t go on your way to the moon no matter how good your avocados are.”


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