Talking recently at a Politico Space Forum, Muilenburg commented that though the aerospace titan of a company does not have any plans to launch cars of its own into space, it “might pick up the one out there and bring it back.”
By the car out there he was referring to the red Tesla Roadster that was launched into the space by SpaceX on its Falcon Heavy rocket which happens to be the most powerful operational rocket in the world.
Boeing has been making spacecraft since the 60s, and it is only under Muilenburg, that the company started investing much more in space exploration. Compared to that, rival SpaceX or Space Exploration Technologies Corp. was built in the year 2002. SpaceX quickly became a rival for other aerospace companies by providing cheaper prices and reusable rocket boosters.
And now, Boeing is also working on an experimental reusable rocket called the Phantom Express in collaboration with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The Phantom Express will be able to launch small satellites into orbit. And more recently, Boeing has announced an investment in UK’s Reaction Engine company that is developing an engine capable of flying at Mach 25 in space.
Besides these, both the companies are competing in various fields which include, human capsules for space, travel to the ISS and Mars exploration, among other things.