Elon Musk has replied to a tweet by Tory Bruno about the assembly of the United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Vulcan rocket, where both the "rocket men" of the modern age had a plentiful exchange. Here, they exhibited some friendly jokes that hinted about the present competition in the space industry, between SpaceX and ULA.

ULA is a massive rocket manufacturer from the mid-2000s and has been a known name in launches until today, but one of its most massive competition is that of Elon Musk's SpaceX. The popular private space agency has had a lot of the recent projects awarded to them by NASA and partnered with organizations or the government.

Elon Musk Jokes with Tory Bruno of ULA

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk

The CEOs of space and rocket industries are both known to have a series of Twitter exchanges in the past years.

In another tweet, Musk said ULA was a "complete waste of taxpayer money," as he replied to Tim Fernholz, which was discussing several things about SpaceX. 

Musk is refering to the unreusable rocket ships by ULA, designed from the previous innovations, and what SpaceX is trying to change in the modern world.

In the CEOs' recent exchange, Tory Bruno tweeted about ULA's Vulcan spacecraft, which is under assembly in Dynetics' facility. Here, Musk asked him "when do the engines arrive" with a winky face emoji to accompany the tweet.

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Are they Friendly or Begrudging?

The exchange continued to talk about a facility tour that Bruno would give Musk after he pulls some strings and talks to people he knew on the inside to get Musk in.

And Musk answers about perhaps accepting and bringing a "few spare engines," the SpaceX CEO hinting "just in case," about ULA's rocket.

Here, both CEOs exhibit a somewhat teasing banter between each other, and for the products that their companies carry out. However, the way they deliver it is in a friendly tone, and not exhibiting any resentful or begrudging emotions towards the other. This suggests that both companies and CEOs are under friendly competition against each other.

ULA's Vulcan to Rival SpaceX's Falcon?

The Vulcan is the predecessor of the Atlas series of rockets which were initially developed by ULA in the past years and are intended to replace either the Delta or Atlas line in 2022. The rocket is a launch vehicle for different missions, meaning that it would be a direct competitor of the Falcon rockets from SpaceX, which are reusable rocket launchers.

The companies, products, and CEOs of both ULA and SpaceX show massive competition against each other in the space industry, especially with the recent exchange between Elon Musk and Tory Bruno.

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