The new space race is here. Just as in the 1960’s where Russia and America raced to get a man standing on the Moon Mars is now in the sights of two competing tribes. This time though it’s not countries but companies that are fighting it out.
Boeing has boldly claimed that the mega rocket it’s building for NASA will get a human to Mars before Elon Musk’s Space X can. In a Tweet aimed directly at Elon Musk they threw down the gauntlet, Musk accepted this and now as they say the game is on!
Boeing has bet that it will get to Mars before Elon Musk’s Space X and it’s not messing about.
“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” – Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg
What does Musk have to say about this? Well he’s going that much further. He’s currently developing the re-usable Falcon mega rocket that he want to help him not only get to Mars but build a colony on Mars. The Falcon Heavy is also going to help in this also, the test flight for this to be carried out sometime this month will carry his Tesla roadster into Mars orbit. Further to this the car will be playing David Bowie’s space oddity at full blast as it ascends.
A lot hinges on this test flight, even Musk has said that the Falcon heavy is very complex and the launch might fail. Elon Musk is not just just creating new rocket technology, he seems to be trail blazing. If the first men to set foot on Mars are from Boeing then while it won’t be his favorite day I suspect his plans won’t change. He will still establish a colony on Mars and as he has stated before he want to die on Mars and start off Martian terraforming.
Whatever happens, this race will be exciting and the great thing about this is there’s no cold war threat in this race, no countries it’s the race between the US government’s space agency and the private enterprise. Personally I’m routing for Musk.