Boeing vs. SpaceX: A friendly competition?

Boeing’s Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg repeated his declared goal to beat SpaceX to Mars.

With Boeing as the main contractor to the core stages of the Space Launch System rocket, Muilenburg said, “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.”

Unlike his previous remarks this year, these words caught the attention of Elon Musk who replied on Twitter with a simple, “Do it.”

The continued revival of America’s space launch capacity aligns with Donald Trump’s recent commitment to take NASA astronauts back to the moon and eventually to Mars.

Read more: Chicago Tribune / WaPo / ARS Technica / SMH / Bloomberg

Image: NASA / Public Domain – Boeing in space

This story is taken from the 15 December 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.