Boeing to Land Man on Mars First
CHICAGO. Boeing, which pioneered space technologies form rockets to space shuttles for the US to land the first man on the Moon, says it will also be the first to land man on the Mars.
Boeing Chief Executive Office Officer Dennis Muilenburg told a conference here: “I am convinced the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding a Boeing rocket.”
Mr Muilenburg’s statement indicated that the world’s largest, and oldest, aerospace company is already working on newer technologies.
Notably, while the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) steers various US space programmes, they are executed by the private industry. And Boeing has had the responsibility of being their integrator while also pioneering the first stage of the most powerful Saturn V rocket which took men to moon. The Boeing CEO was speaking at a conference on future innovations and technologies organized by the Atlantic magazine.
It may be noted that SpaceX, the new kid in innovations on the block, has vowed to take the first man to the Mars. Its CEO, Elon Musk, says he wants mankind to use space travel as a matter of routine, like road and rail transport.
NASA has selected both Boring and SpaceX to work on landing a four-man capsule on the Mars.
Mr Muilenburg says space travel could be a matter of routine in a couple of decades.