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The statement followed a tweet by Musk, the richest man, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The two richest men in the world are scouting it out before US regulators on celestial real estate for their satellite fleet.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has sought permission from the Federal Communications Commission to operate Starlink communications satellites in orbit lower than previously planned.

Amazon.com Inc. of Jeff Bezos says the move would risk interference and collision with its planned Kuiper satellites designed to beam Internet service from space like Starlink.

A controversy that is usually limited to regulatory filings is spreading in public view, in a spat that shows big celebrities involved as billionaires chasing dreams in the sky.

Amazon tweeted Tuesday from its official news account, “It is SpaceX’s proposed changes that will boost competition between satellite systems.” “It is clearly in SpaceX’s interest to compete in the cradle if they can, but it is certainly not in the public interest.”

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Amazon.com Inc. of Jeff Bezos says the move would risk interference and collision with its planned Kuiper satellites designed to beam Internet service from space like Starlink.

The statement followed a tweet by Musk, the richest man, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“It does not serve the public today to disrupt StarLink for the Amazon satellite system, which is years away from operation,” Musk said in response to a tweet for coverage by CNBC journalist Michael Shetz.

Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp has launched more than 1,000 satellites for its StarLink internet service and is in agreement with early customers in the US, UK and Canada. Amazon received FCC permission last year for a fleet of 3,236 satellites and has yet to launch any.

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Amazon previously urged the FCC to reject SpaceX’s request for lower orbits. According to the agency filing, it stated that the SpaceX satellites would put the Cooper system in orbit.

SpaceX pushed the FCC back in the call, saying its plans would not increase for interference that it calls Amazon’s “still nose plan”.

A lower class allows faster Internet service because the signal does not go far. SpaceX told the FCC that having satellites close to Earth reduces the risk of space debris because they fall out of orbit faster than higher spacecraft.

SpaceX eventually plans to operate some 12,000 satellites and has won FCC authorization for about 4,400 birds, with 1,584 at 550 kilometers – where its satellites are currently in orbit. The company is seeking permission to stage 2,824 satellites at the same estimated altitude, rather than twice what was originally proposed.

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