Taiwanese Animators Pit Elon Musk Against Jeff Bezos In Hilarious Reusable Rocket Smackdown

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Blue Origin New Shepard

A new space race is taking place today, and it’s being dominated by Silicon Valley companies looking to make space travel more affordable for military, commercial and civilian launches. In November, we saw Blue Origin’s New Shepard space launch system make an incredible voyage to a suborbital height of 62 miles, and then safely land its BE-3 rocket back to Earth.

At the time, Elon Musk congratulated Blue Origin (which is helmed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) for its accomplishment, but noted that what SpaceX was trying to achieve with its reusable Dragon 9 rockets was a much harder feat and not directly comparable.

Looking at the numbers, you can see why Musk took issue with the comparisons to SpaceX’s two previous failed landing attempts. While the New Shepard reaches a height of 62 miles, the Dragon 9 reaches a height of 124 miles. The Dragon 9’s first stage is also about roughly twice as long as New Shepard, which makes it harder to control on landing. New Shepard reaches a maximum speed of around Mach 3 before it transitions for landing, while the Falcon 9 can top Mach 7.5. And when it comes to thrust, the Falcon 9 is pushing over 1.5 million pounds, while the New Shepard has a maximum thrust of 100,000 pounds.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1

Musk and his SpaceX team made it abundantly clear who gets top billing in this new space race earlier this week when a Dragon 9 v1.1 rocket blasted off to an orbital height of 124 miles — launching 11 commercial satellites in the process — and then safely landed upright minutes later. A gracious Bezos returned the favor and congratulated SpaceX.

Although it’s not exactly what we’d call a bitter rivalry, it’s one that we have been watching with great interest. And apparently, the folks at Taiwanese Animators have been paying attention as well. And putting their typical humorous spin on the matter at hand, they setup a delightful battle between the Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos for our enjoyment.

Needless to say, the video is quite hilarious, making fun of Musk’s and Bezos’ primary gigs — Tesla Motors and Amazon, respectively — while cracking jokes about the two measuring their manhood. There’s even a rather direct reference to Musk being an inspiration for Robert Downey Jr.’s take on Tony Stark (aka Iron Man).