Daniel Oberhaus/NASA/Futurism
Last Laugh

Elon Musk Brutally Mocks Jeff Bezos for Spaceship That Can’t Reach Orbit

byVictor Tangermann
Jul 19
Daniel Oberhaus/NASA/Futurism

Elon Musk isn't buying what Blue Origin is selling.

Suborbital Memes

Amazon founder and Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos is getting ready to strap in to a seat on board his space company’ New Shepard rocket and fly to an altitude of 62 miles later this week — hitting the internationally agreed upon edge of space, although nowhere near the lowest stable orbit.

But not everybody agrees that’s really space. SpaceX CEO and noted loudmouth Elon Musk, for instance, isn’t buying it — a longstanding squabble that won’t be letting up any time soon.

Musk spent the weekend relishing memes that poked fun at Bezos’ flight plan. One meme in particular elicited a reaction from Musk: a four panel “Star Wars”-themed meme about Bezos “going to space,” but not “orbital.”

“Haha,” Musk replied.

Advertisement

Space Jabs

The jab isn’t exactly unwarranted. Blue Origin may be taking Bezos for a ride of his lifetime to the Kármán line, the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space. But 62 miles is a far cry from altitudes where orbiting the Earth becomes feasible inside a spacecraft.

In simple terms, Blue Origin’s New Shepard is embarking on a suborbital, not orbital, mission. That stands in contrast to SpaceX, which is now regularly sending astronauts and cargo all the way up to the International Space Station.

Musk has a track record of hurling potshots at the competition. In 2019, Musk mocked Blue Origin’s proposed Blue Moon moon lander, calling it “Blue Balls” in a crude Photoshop.

“Oh stop teasing, Jeff,” Musk wrote in the caption at the time.

Advertisement

Low Blow

In April, Musk also mocked Bezos for not being able to “get it up (to orbit) lol.” At the time, NASA chose SpaceX, and SpaceX alone, for a highly-coveted contract to build a lunar lander capable of touching down the first astronauts on the Moon since the Apollo missions.

Both Blue Origin and fellow competitor Dynetics have since protested the decision and the contract has been put on hold.

It’s clear that SpaceX has a massive lead on the competition. The space tourism industry is only getting warmed up, with several companies offering their — albeit extremely expensive — services to fly the ultra-rich to the edge of space.

Whether this competition calls for mockery and derisive jokes is certainly up for debate. But for now at least, Musk has earned the right to scoff at his imitators.

Advertisement

READ MORE: Elon Musk laughs at a meme about Jeff Bezos’ upcoming space flight, making fun of him for only touching the edge of space [Insider]

More on Bezos: Gazillionaire Gives Away $28 Million Ticket to Space Because of “Scheduling Conflict”


Care about supporting clean energy adoption? Find out how much money (and planet!) you could save by switching to solar power at UnderstandSolar.com. By signing up through this link, Futurism.com may receive a small commission.

Share This Article

Copyright ©, Camden Media Inc All Rights Reserved. See our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Data Use Policy. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with prior written permission of Futurism. Fonts by Typekit and Monotype.