The head of the American aircraft company Boeing has announced its intention to stay ahead of the company SpaceX Elon musk and the first to land on Mars. About Dennis Muilenburg said in his speech about the future of space exploration in the specialized forum “What’s next?” (What next?) in Chicago.
Your plan to send a million colonists to Mars, SpaceX presented at the end of September. A few days later in mass media there were messages on possible participation of competitors from Boeing to the explosion of the Falcon 9 rocket.
Muilenburg, speaking at the forum, said: “I am convinced that the first person to arrive at Mars will do so on the rocket Boeing”. (Quoted by TASS.)
As noted by Bloomberg, the specifics in the section on the exploration of Mars Muilenberg was not enough. However, on the side of the Boeing tremendous experience: at the time, this company has created the first stage of the powerful Saturn V rocket that brought American astronauts to the moon. Now Boeing collaborated on NASA develops super-heavy rocket Space Launch System, the first launch of which is planned for 2017-2018.
The head of Boeing also talked a lot about space exploration near the Earth. He stressed that space tourism “may develop over the next several decades, in a viable commercial market.” He suggested that in addition to the ISS on-orbit will be dozens of hotels and laboratories engaged in the production and research in microgravity.
Boeing, he said, intends to build the spacecraft, corresponding to a new era of space tourism. However, benefits from the progress of space research will be able to extract and traditional terrestrial tourists: Muilenberg predicted that between the continents will fly a hypersonic aircraft, a flight which will take about two hours.
The founder of the American company SpaceX Elon Musk presented his plan of a manned trip to Mars and create a colony there at the conference in late September.
SpaceX released a video about his design of the interplanetary transportation system (Interplanetary Transport System, ITS), which was simulated manned flight to Mars. SpaceX plans to deliver the ship into earth orbit using the launch vehicle, which will then return to Earth for a new start. In orbit the ship will refuel, then go to the Red planet.
Musk emphasized the need to develop “interplanetary civilization.” “We can live on Earth and will not move, and can become an interplanetary civilization. The main goal is to create a Mars settlement, the city. That’s when we’ll become an interplanetary species.”