Nerd Fight: Rocket Billionaires Battle On Twitter Over Blue Origin

After reports proclaimed Jeff Bezos the winner of the reusable rocket race, Elon Musk explained in a Twitter rant why Blue Origin isn't a major accomplishment

Nov 24, 2015 at 1:25 PM ET

Jeff Bezos took to Twitter for the first time Tuesday morning to show off his shiny new reusable toy—the Blue Origin New Shepard spacecraft, which completed its first controlled landing.

But fellow Internet mogul-turned-rocketman Elon Musk was quick to throw shade at Bezos. First congratulating Bezos, then reminding him and the rest of the world that his rocket is still better than Bezos’ rocket.


Musk then put down his phone, reflected (brooded?) for over four hours and continued.

The response came amidst reports from from the likes of Popular Mechanics, Popular ScienceFortune, The Daily Mail and Engadget that Bezos had beat Musk in the reusable rocket race, which is just one step in the larger corporate space race currently being waged between Musk, Bezos and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

But the Engadget report does point out that Musk’s mission is more difficult. Blue Origin’s BE-3 rocket only launched the New Shepard spacecraft to suborbital altitude—and apogee height of 62 miles—which requires a speed of Mach 3.7. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets are built to propel spacecrafts into orbit—an apogee height of 90 miles—which requires a speed of around Mach 10 and a lot more fuel.