(Photo: PATRICK PLEUL / POOL / AFP via Getty Images) US entrepreneur and business magnate Elon Musk gesticulates during a visit to the Tesla Gigafactory facility under construction on August 13, 2021 in Grünheide near Berlin.
(Photo by PHILIP PACHECO / AFP via Getty Images) SpaceX founder Elon Musk (L) speaks next to astronaut Doug Hurley during a press conference at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., October 10 at the SpaceX headquarters, California about new developments of the reusable spaceship Crew Dragon, 2019.
Elon Musk allegedly makes “the rules” in space, according to the head of the European Space Agency ESA.
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US entrepreneur and business magnate Elon Musk gesticulates during a visit to the Tesla Gigafactory, which is under construction, on August 13, 2021 in Grünheide near Berlin.
Elon Musk should be prevented from making “rules in space”
The new director general of the European space agency Josef Aschbacher also called on the European heads of state and government to prevent the billionaire who founded and owns Tesla and SpaceX from supporting his space project, according to the ArsTechnica report.
ESA’s new head also said the help received from continent leaders in facilitating Musk’s space endeavors continues to propel him to rapidly dominate the burgeoning space economy.
In addition, Aschbacher warned that the billionaire owner of SpaceX, if he is not stopped, will continue to make “the rules” in the new space economy.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX and NASA
The latest announcements from the ESA chief come shortly after NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced that they are commissioning SpaceX, Musk’s space research company, with three new commercial flight missions to the International Space Station or the ISS.
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SpaceX founder Elon Musk (L) speaks with astronaut Doug Hurley during a press conference at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California on October 10, 2019, about the new developments of the reusable spaceship Crew Dragon.
It’s worth noting that these new missions that NASA has awarded SpaceX will be particularly critical to the United States’ space presence in the years to come.
SpaceX and Europe
In Europe, SpaceX is already expanding its Starlink satellite expansion in the region, according to CityAM news.
Earlier, Musk himself said his private space exploration company is poised to spend a whopping $ 30 billion just to expand Starlink’s service around the world.
In fact, Germany has already applied to the International Telecommunication Union to expand Starlink in the continent’s leading economy.
More precisely, the Western European nation has already asked Starlink to launch 40,000 satellites.
In addition to Germany’s request, the country is also supporting the private space company Musk with grants for the massive expansion project.
The subsidized expansion of Starlink in Germany is intended to provide rural areas in the European country with a low-latency broadband connection.
On the other side of the world, Musk’s company has already received US approval to launch over 30,000 satellites for Starlink.
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ESA head warns
As such, ESA’s new director warned that as Musk’s project continues to expand, Musk will dominate the emerging market.
Aschbacher put it exactly like this: “You have a person who owns half of the active satellites in the world. That is amazing. In fact, he makes the rules.”
The ESA boss went on to say, however, that “the rest of the world”, including Europe, “is simply not reacting quickly enough”.
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