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Boeing is aiming to beat SpaceX to Mars

Posted on Saturday, 9 December, 2017 | Comment icon 14 comments

Boeing is working with NASA to develop its new Space Launch System (SLS). Image Credit: NASA
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has stated that the first human on Mars will have got there on a Boeing rocket.
His comments, which could indicate the beginnings of a modern-day space race, refer to the rivalry between Boeing's Space Launch System and Elon Musk's upcoming 'BFR' rocket and spacecraft system - two competing solutions designed to achieve the goal of placing humans on Mars.

It is certainly true that Boeing seems to have the edge, especially given that the Space Launch System will be ready for testing in 2019.

"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," said Muilenburg.
Details of Musk's Mars solution, meanwhile, remain thin on the ground.

The SpaceX CEO previously revealed plans for a huge spacecraft known as the Interplanetary Transport System that will be capable of ferrying 100 people all the way to the Red Planet.

Whether or not something this ambitious will be feasible so soon however remains to be seen.

"I feel fairly confident we can build the ship and be ready for the launch in five years," Musk said back in September. "Five years seems like a long time for me."

Source: CNBC | Comments (14)

Tags: Boeing, Mars

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Comment icon #5 Posted by qxcontinuum on 10 December, 2017, 3:37
Too late. Boeing has lost the race to space conquest like kodak the photography.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Manfred von Dreidecker on 10 December, 2017, 7:31
Space con quest? That publicity vulture Musk will lead humanity to the stars?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Mr Supertypo on 10 December, 2017, 8:43
The new space race. Exiting (spelling?) Times :-D
Comment icon #8 Posted by bmk1245 on 10 December, 2017, 9:29
I've heard that about reusable stages back few years ago. Especially from Russians, they were laughing their guts out... Well, they aren't laughing now, especially when their commercial space launch market share dropped from ~50% in 2013 to ~20% in 2016...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Mr Supertypo on 10 December, 2017, 15:13
Russians as far I know are using modernized old soviet fact, its also the most reliable launch technology in the world. Gotta love the soviets....
Comment icon #10 Posted by qxcontinuum on 11 December, 2017, 0:56
I agree.  I filled my house with furniture and things from 1970's from door knobs to windows , furniture and electronics. They never fail . It is true !   
Comment icon #11 Posted by paperdyer on 11 December, 2017, 17:59
Nothing personal, but isn't that an oxymoron?  Anything modernized is new technology.  It may serve the same function but doesn't use the same manufactured parts.  Did Ford used modernized old Edsel technology to make the Tauris?  Ehh....maybe they did!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 11 December, 2017, 18:37
Not at all. The Soyuz spacecraft and launch vehicle are basically the same design as first entered service in 1967, however they have been upgraded several times with more modern electronics and computers. 
Comment icon #13 Posted by bmk1245 on 13 December, 2017, 8:21
Yeah, but recent launch of 19 mini submarines into Atlantic ocean tells about systemic problems in Russian space program. BTW, few days ago Russian officials mocked US over "return to the Moon". I have sneaking suspicion, that laugh won't last long.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Derek Willis on 13 December, 2017, 9:35
I once read a reference to the Orion capsule as being an "updated version" of the Apollo capsule. This was in an article that described NASA as "going backwards" from the Space Shuttle. In principle Orion is similar to Apollo in that it is a conical capsule which will parachute back to Earth rather than glide like the Shuttle. However, the Apollo capsule was remarkably successful, as has been the Soyuz spacecraft. A larger and reusable version of Apollo seems a good idea to me.  

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