Capitalism Gauntlet Throwdown! – CEO Dares Competitors To Beat Boeing To Mars
The race to Mars is on, it seems, and Boeing’s CEO believes the megarocket his company his helping to build for NASA will deliver astronauts to the Red Planet before billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
According to Fortune, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg was speaking on CNBC today when host Jim Cramer asked whether Boeing or SpaceX would “get a man on Mars first.”
“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,” Muilenburg said.
Here’s Boeing’s vision for Mars below.
Boeing is the main contractor for the first stage of NASA’s giant Space Launch System , which is designed to launch astronauts on deep-space missions using the space agency’s new Orion spacecraft. (United Launch Alliance, Orbital ATK and Aerojet Rocketdyne are also SLS contractors.)
NASA hopes to build a “Deep Space Gateway” near the moon before using SLS and Orion vehicles to send explorers to Mars. The first test launch is scheduled for 2019.
Elon Musk, meanwhile, has long aimed to build a colony on Mars using SpaceX rockets. The company is developing a reusable megarocket— called the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR — that would fly astronauts to Mars, the moon and other deep-space destinations. SpaceX also aims to launch a new heavy-lift rocket, the Falcon Heavy, in January.
But Musk may not mind if Boeing uses SLS to beat SpaceX.
“I really don’t have any other motivation for personally accumulating assets, except to be able to make the biggest contribution I can to making life multiplanetary,” Musk said during his talk.
Further, when someone in the IAC conference’s audience asked the billionaire if would be the first person on Mars, Musk expressed some ambivalence.
“I think it’s good for there to be multiple paths to Mars … to have multiple irons in the fire,” he said.
Musk went on:
“I think it’s actually much better for the world if there are multiple companies or organizations building these interplanetary spacecraft. You know, the more the better. Anything, I think, that improves the probability of the future is good. And so multiple companies doing it, I think, would be great. So I wanted to come describe the architecture actually in the hopes that this would encourage companies and organizations around the world to perhaps do something like this.”
Whether or not Boeing, SpaceX, or both companies reach Mars, however, NASA is perhaps best-poised to benefit. With multiple potential options to get to the red planet, the agency may be able to more rapidly advance the world’s understanding of that world.
In a statement responding to news about Musk’s vision, the space agency wrote:
“NASA applauds all those who want to take the next giant leap – and advance the journey to Mars. We are very pleased that the global community is working to meet the challenges of a sustainable human presence on Mars. This journey will require the best and the brightest minds from government and industry, and the fact that Mars is a major topic of discussion is very encouraging.
“At NASA, we’ve worked hard over the past several years to develop a sustainable Mars exploration plan, and to build a coalition of international and private sector partners to support this vision. And we’ve made extraordinary progress implementing this plan, working with a number of international and private sector partners.”
Recently, Musk announced on Twitter that the Falcon Heavy’s first test flight will launch his own Tesla Roadster into space. Its destination? Mars orbit.
So the Mars gauntlet appears to be thrown.
In reponse to a Fortune Twitter post citing Muilenburg’s Mars claim, Musk replied simply: “Do it.”
The folks at Boeing then rose to that challenge: “Game on!” they answered back.
So what do you think? Will Team Boeing help send astronauts to Mars before SpaceX? Or will Elon Musk’s Team SpaceX be first to walk on Mars?
We can’t wait to find out!
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December 8th, 2017
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