CEO Dennis Muilenburg has stated that Boeing plans to beat Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Mars, invoking a new space race to reach the Red Planet.
Competition has long existed between SpaceX and Boeing, and now the CEO of the latter firm – Dennis Muilenburg – has stirred the proverbial pot by offering his belief that Boeing will the first to reach Mars.
When asked what ‘big innovations’ Boeing had planned for its second century of operations, ArsTechnica reports that Muilenburg cited several flight and aerospace projects before adding that the company would land the “…first person on Mars. I’m convinced that the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding on a Boeing rocket.”
Muhlenberg’s comments arrive a week after Elon Musk debuted SpaceX’s Interplanetary Transport System, which would be used to transport colonists to and from Mars.
Muhlenberg’s commentary actually highlights the tension between “new” companies such as SpaceX and “older” firms such as Boeing – where Elon Musk’s firm attempts to change the precedent of traditional space firms relying on large governmental contracts, Boeing remains committed to large-scale arrangements with agencies such as NASA.
Previously, John Elbon, the head of Boeing’s space division, compared his company with SpaceX by stating that “We go for substance. Not pizzazz.” a cheeky comment, but one that is perhaps valid considering that SpaceX has famously hired a fashion designer to produce its flight suits.
The competition between Boeing and SpaceX will likely only increase in the years to come, as both firms race to place humankind on Mars.
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