Boeing CEO expects to beat Elon Musk in race to Mars

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Boeing CEO expects to beat Elon Musk in race to Mars

Musk has earlier also spoken about the possibility of humans colonising Mars.

Recently, Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of the aerospace giant, Boeing has claimed that the company is working hard to manufacture the rocket which will be capable of reaching Mars before other rivals like Space X. Elon Musk, CEO of Space X and Tesla took notice of the statement and replied them in simple yet meaningful words over Twitter.

Musk-led SpaceX is also planning a privately funded manned mission to the "Red planet".

Muilenburg said that he believes the company could beat SpaceX in the race.

When Fortune re-reported this news and tweeted it out, Musk was quick to respond - and he didn't hold back.

"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. According to him, the 36-story- tall rocket will conduct the first test flight in 2019 and undertake a slingshot mission around the moon. In October, Musk outlined the SpaceX strategy for reaching Mars and even his goal of settling large groups of people on the planet as part of his vision of making humans into a "multiplanetary species."

If we're going by the pair's current projections, Musk could ambitiously get boots on Mars some 10 years before Muilenberg. At a tech conference previous year in Chicago, Muilenburg echoed a almost identical sentiment.

Ferdowsi is of course talking about NASA's Mars 2020 rover, which will nearly certainly beat both Boeing and SpaceX to the red planet.

Perhaps the victor of this latest Muilenberg vs. Musk twitter duel was someone else.

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