"Under those rules, humanity will never get to Mars."
SpaceX was planning to test the latest prototype of its ultra-ambitious Starship rocket today.
Then a space journalist reported that the FAA had scrubbed the launch — prompting a sharp tongued response from SpaceX's mercurial CEO, Elon Musk.
"Unlike its aircraft division, which is fine, the FAA space division has a fundamentally broken regulatory structure," Musk replied.
Past as Prelude
Musk is no stranger to interpersonal conflict; he's feuded publicly with entities including Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, the SEC, Pablo Escobar's brother, a random cave diver, and the rapper Azealia Banks.
At the same time, most of those beefs come down to Musk's unflagging belief in his particular vision of the future. Today's squabble is no exception, with the billionaire arguing that the FAA's rules haven't caught up to the contemporary reality of the space travel industry.
"Their rules are meant for a handful of expendable launches per year from a few government facilities," he added. "Under those rules, humanity will never get to Mars."
It's also worth noting that Musk is just as capable of building bridges.
Musk has sometimes positioned himself as an enemy of the left, for instance. But just moments after his FAA tweet, he took the opportunity to agree with progressive Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was protesting the app Robinhood's decision to halt investments related to the controversial online community Wall Street Bets.
"Absolutely," Musk wrote, throwing his support behind Ocasio-Cortez's critique.
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