Boeing CEO expects to beat Elon Musk in race to Mars

Boeing will beat Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Mars, said CEO Dennis Muilenburg.

Musk has managed to get clear that sending individuals to Mars is one of his primary goals, even telling it is the explanation he started SpaceX in the first place.

But Boeing is in the final assembly stages of building a rocket called the Space Launch System with NASA, and the business could be the first to bring humans to the crimson planet, Muilenberg said Thursday on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.”

Boeing expects to really have the program ready for a test flight in 2019.

“Eventually we are going to go to Mars, and I firmly think that the first person who sets foot in Mars will get there in a good Boeing rocket,” he said.

SpaceX was not immediately designed for comment.

Musk unveiled plans for an enormous SpaceX rocket and spacecraft program called the “BFR” found in September. It’ll ultimately replace all of SpaceX’s current lineup, and will be used for space exploration and for quick transport around Earth.

“I feel fairly confident we are able to build the ship and be ready for the launch in five years,” Musk said during his presentation at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia in past due September. “Five years seems like a long time for me.”

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