Ooh, I smell drama...
As reported by Fortune, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg told CNBS that his company would be the first to take humans to Mars, beating out rival SpaceX in the process!
When asked who he thinks would get humans there first, he said: “Eventually we’re going to go to Mars and I firmly believe the first person that sets foot on Mars will get there on a Boeing rocket.”
Now this has sparked fire as Must replied on Twitter with two simple words: “Do it”.
Boeing’s Twitter account lashed back with a “Game on!”
This is quite entertaining to see with both of the two private companies' figures making a scene on social media. Let the battle (race) begin! Now it's getting more and more interesting to see who gets to win.
If you can remember, Musk has already laid out his plans on getting there as he announce his “Big F*cking Rocket” and the expected time of getting there which is next decade.
Meanwhile, Boeing, won't develop its own rocket but is into NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), with its expected launch on the early 2020s.
Muilenburg released similar comments about Mars before, saying last year that he was “convinced that the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding on a Boeing rocket”.
Despite his recent spicy comment, Musk has previously said that it doesn't matter who gets there first, as long as someone does.
“I think it's actually much better for the world if there are multiple companies or organizations building these interplanetary spacecraft,” he said in his talk at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) last year. “You know, the more the better.” (Or, you know, maybe Boeing is becoming more and more of a serious threat so...)
Nonetheless, with both rockets under construction, I guess we still have a tie for now.
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