Boeing’s CEO says the company will beat Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Mars.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 7, 2017
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg told CNBC “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer this week that the first person to land on Mars will do so in a ship carried there on a Boeing rocket.
Muilenburg said Boeing is building its Space Launch System in conjunction with NASA and estimates that it will run test flights by 2019 and beat Musk’s SpaceX to Mars.
“Eventually we are going to go to Mars, and I firmly believe that the first person that sets foot on Mars will get there in a Boeing rocket,” Muilenburg said.
Boeing is in final assembly on the Space Launch System, at a facility in New Orleans.
Musk’s SpaceX has been promising to get humans to Mars – and Musk gave an update on that effort a couple of months ago
Not weighing in, so far, on Boeing’s claim is the third potential contestant in the race, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.
It recently announced a successful test of a methane rocket engine that some say is key to getting to Mars.