The first pictures had been fired Thursday, December 7, when CNBC host Jim Cramer quizzed Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg over whether or not or not the established massive would have the choice to beat SpaceX. “We’re working on that next generation rocket right now with our NASA customers called ‘Space Launch System,’” Muilenburg acknowledged. “This is a rocket that’s about 36 stories tall. We’re in the final assembly right now, down near New Orleans, and we’re going to take a first test flight in 2019. And we’re going to do a slingshot mission around the moon.”
He added that, “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.” This is the second time Muilenburg suggested a similar triumph for Boeing, having beforehand acknowledged at a 2016 conference in Chicago that, “I’m convinced that the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding on a Boeing rocket.”
Like waving a crimson rag to a Tesla Model 3, the assertion quickly provoked Musk to reply on Twitter with the two phrases which is able to as successfully sum up his occupation: “Do it.”
OK, so on some extent, that’s Twitter drama, which usually peters out after a pair of hashtags and several other different retweets. But we’re talking a couple of man who was suggested his plan to deal with the giants with automotive was madness, nevertheless nonetheless succeeded; who has found how to land a rocket vertically; who’s drilling massive tunnels underground for high-speed transportation; and — most importantly — who has been at all times talking up Space X’s rocket, which he plans to use to transport individuals to Mars.
This is one wager we’re excited to see the consequence to. Whoever wins goes to be in line for some important bragging rights.