It’s a corporate suit versus a high-tech visionary and the winner gets a trip to Mars.
Boeing Co. CEO Dennis Muilenburg recently squabbled online with Tesla co-founder and space travel entrepreneur Elon Musk about whose company will be the first to plant a flag on the red planet.
While one of the more interesting Twitter skirmishes this side of Donald Trump, last week’s online exchange is beyond a mere flare-up of high-octane business pique and executive ego.
Defense and aerospace giant Boeing is strongly signaling how crucial deep-space exploration is to its future. Muilenburg is boldly stating his intent to aggressively take on all competitors — including celebrity...