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Boeing may be trying to race SpaceX to Mars


Posted on Sunday, 15 April, 2018 | Comment icon 6 comments

Can the Space Launch System beat the Big Falcon Rocket to Mars ? Image Credit: NASA
Dennis Muilenburg believes that Boeing will be able to place humans on Mars before Elon Musk's SpaceX.
While SpaceX has been working on its new Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), Boeing has been working closely with NASA to develop its upcoming next-generation Space Launch System (SLS).

The SLS is due to launch for the first time in 2019 and could carry humans by 2023.

During a recent interview, Muilenburg indicated that the estimated time-frame for a manned Mars mission was around ten years - the same as the estimate recently suggested by SpaceX.

"I'm convinced that the first person that gets to Mars is going to get there on a Boeing rocket," he said.

When asked if there were plans to launch a car in to space like Musk did with his Tesla Roadster, Muilenburg joked "we might pick up the one out there and bring it back."

"Space has always been part of the DNA of our company. What we're working on today with Space Launch System is bigger than the Apollo program."

"Most of the country doesn't know about it yet."

Source: New Zealand Herald | Comments (6)

Tags: SpaceX, Boeing

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog on 15 April, 2018, 18:19
Space race is awesome !
Comment icon #2 Posted by Vlad the Mighty on 15 April, 2018, 20:04
Very good. That's what competition is supposed to be about isn't it . Who will get there first? Boeing? SpaceX? the Russians? The Chinese? Isn't it exciting! 
Comment icon #3 Posted by TaintlessMetals on 15 April, 2018, 23:30
find it hard to believe that an additional 10+ years are required to accomplish a mars landing...
Comment icon #4 Posted by Vlad the Mighty on 16 April, 2018, 8:32
Well, how long did it take to develop Apollo from the initial idea to Apollo 7 (the first manned flight) being launched? About eight years. Mars is a very much bigger challenge than that, after all, certainly if you want to bring people back.  
Comment icon #5 Posted by Derek Willis on 16 April, 2018, 10:43
Yes, but Apollo was starting almost from scratch. There is now half a century's worth of technology and experience. I would say mounting a mission to orbit Mars will be possible in a decade. The main problem is going to be radiation. Landing is a different kettle of fish, and that might take until the mid-2030's. Either way, I hope I am still around!   
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 16 April, 2018, 14:43
Not really. Not relevant to a crewed mission to Mars. There has been no deep space crewed spaceflight since Apollo 17 in 1972. There had been no launch of a super-heavy lift launch vehicle since Skylab 1 in 1973. Let's compare the situation to airline manufacture. If you look at Boeing's airliner production, they have continuously manufactured the 747 since 1969. That airliner is not the same now as it was when it entered production, it has benefited from upgrades and new materials. It is safer, more efficient, quieter, more economic to fly than when the first one rolled off the production lin... [More]


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