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SpaceX, officially known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., is a pioneering force in the aerospace industry, dedicated to reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. The company excels in the design, manufacturing, and launch of advanced rockets and spacecraft, with significant strides towards fully reusable launch vehicles. SpaceX's achievements in space technology have established it as a leader in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in space exploration.

Founded: 2002

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SpaceX Company Overview

Founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, SpaceX, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., aims to revolutionize space technology with the overarching goal of making life multiplanetary. The company is at the forefront of the aerospace industry, developing a range of advanced rockets and spacecraft that have achieved numerous historical milestones. Among these are the Falcon 1, the first privately funded liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit in 2008, and the Dragon spacecraft, which in 2012 became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station. SpaceX’s Falcon 9, known for its reliability and reusability, is the world’s first orbital class rocket capable of multiple flights. The Falcon Heavy, noted for its high payload capacity, complements the lighter Falcon 9, enabling a variety of missions including interplanetary ventures. SpaceX's Starship and Super Heavy rocket are the latest in their lineup, designed for missions that extend beyond Earth orbit, targeting Mars and other destinations in the solar system. SpaceX's operational infrastructure spans across the United States, with its main design and manufacturing hub located in Hawthorne, California. Here, the majority of its rockets and spacecraft are constructed. Testing is conducted at a state-of-the-art facility in McGregor, Texas. Launch operations are executed from several strategic locations including the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and the newly developed Starbase in Texas. Through these innovations, SpaceX has not only fueled public and industrial interest in space but also significantly reduced the costs of space travel. Their work towards reusable rockets is particularly transformative, mirroring the cost-efficiency seen in commercial aviation and thus making space more accessible.

Management Team

Elon Musk CEO, CTO
Gwynne Shotwell President
Bret Johnsen CFO

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Live coverage: SpaceX aims for 300th Falcon booster landing during Starlink mission

SpaceX is preparing for a Falcon 9 launch that will set up the company to complete its 300th booster landing to date. The Starlink 6-53 mission will also mark the 30th orbital launch from Florida in 2024.

SpaceX gearing op for a possible WDR as it waits for regulatory approval

While Ship 26 started its engine testing campaign, SpaceX looks to be gearing up for a Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR) for Booster 9 and Ship 25. Related notices have been posted for the coming week, marking the imminent return to a full stack for the next Starship to launch as soon as November, pending regulatory approval.

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying 22 Starlink satellites

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 22 Starlink satellites at 7:01 p.m. Friday.

SpaceX pushes 'direct to cell' business forward

SpaceX debuted a new website for its "direct to cell" services at roughly the same time the company asked the FCC for 'Special Temporary Authority' starting in December to launch and test the company's direct to cell services via its Gen2 satellites.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket aborts triple satellite launch at last minute

"There are thousands of ways to launch a rocket and there's only one way that it can go right," SpaceX says.

SpaceX Layoffs: Fired employees accuse company of violating labor law

Several SpaceX employees who were fired after circulating an open letter calling out CEO Elon Musk's behavior have filed a complaint accusing the company of violating labor laws.

SpaceX launches 58 Starlink satellites and 3 Planet SkySats, nails rocket landing

The Starlink constellation is growing fast.

SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites into orbit, misses rocket landing

The Falcon 9 rocket had launched a record 5 times.

NASA Hires SpaceX to launch mission to giant metal asteroid

NASA's goal for the Psyche mission isn't financial — this one hits different.

SpaceX will launch private citizens into orbit

SpaceX is planning to send up to four private citizens into space to take a trip around Earth sometime at the end of 2021 or in early 2022.

The first crewed SpaceX flight could happen around May 7th

Last month, Elon Musk said he expected the SpaceX Crew Dragon to launch, with astronauts onboard, sometime between April and June. Now, Ars Technica's Eric Berger reports that first crewed flight could take off on May 7th.

The first crewed SpaceX flight could happen around May 7th

Last month, Elon Musk said he expected the SpaceX Crew Dragon to launch, with astronauts onboard, sometime between April and June. Now, Ars Technica's Eric Berger reports that first crewed flight could take off on May 7th.

Elon Musk is recruiting for SpaceX: work ethic, talent, common sense needed, 'the rest we can train'

SpaceX boss and billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted his spacecraft business is hiring for its Starship spacecraft project. "A super hardcore work ethic" is needed, as is talent for building things and trustworthiness, but "the rest we can train."

SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink satellites, sticks rocket landing at sea

SpaceX successfully launched its fourth batch of Starlink satellites into orbit and nailed a rocket landing today (Jan. 29) following days of weather delays for the mission.

SpaceX aces Crew Dragon launch abort test, destroys rocket on purpose

SpaceX just took a giant leap forward in its quest to launch astronauts. The private spaceflight company intentionally destroyed one of its rockets on Sunday (Jan. 19) as part of a crucial test of its new Crew Dragon capsule's launch escape system.

NASA, SpaceX prepare for Falcon 9 rocket to explode over the Atlantic

To test its Crew Dragon's ability to escape an emergency, SpaceX must make a sacrifice.

Elon Musk says SpaceX hopes to launch Starship for the first time within '2 to 3 months.' But the ship may be just one of 20 different prototypes.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has posted new details about Starship: a fully reusable and potentially industry-upending rocket system that may land the first people on Mars.

SpaceX achieves key safety milestone for crewed flight with 10th parachute test – TechCrunch

SpaceX is closing out the year with an achievement that should help it keep on track to fly astronauts on board one of its spacecraft next year.

NASA Picks SpaceX, Blue Origin and More to Join Private Moon Lander Project

NASA has recruited SpaceX's Starship, Blue Origin's Blue Moon and three other commercial lunar lander ideas to join its Artemis moon program.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon just overcame a major safety hurdle following redesign

The human-carrying capsule is gearing up to take passengers to the International Space Station.

More SpaceX firsts coming with next Starlink launch

Elon Musk continues to push the limits of space recycling while preparing to flood low-Earth orbit with satellites.

SpaceX wants to land Starship on the Moon before 2022, then do cargo runs for 2024 human landing

Speaking at a quick series of interviews with commercial space company’s at this year’s annual International Astronautical Congress, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell shed a little more light on her company’s current thinking with regards to the mission timelines for its forthcoming Starship spacefaring vehicle.

SpaceX plans to start offering Starlink broadband services in 2020

SpaceX is confident it can start offering broadband service in the United States via its Starlink constellation in mid-2020, the company’s president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said Oct. 22.

U.S. Air Force Picks SpaceX, Northrop Grumman And More For $1B Competition

Eight firms, ranging from powerhouses SpaceX and Northrop Grumman to startups such as Firefly Black and Rocket Lab, are all jostling for chances to break into the opportunity, which is valued at up to $986 million.

SpaceX wins NASA funds to build and test Starship's orbital refueling technology

On September 27th, NASA announced a new round of Tipping Point funding worth a total of $43.2M that will be dispersed among 14 separate companies, all focused on advancing “important technologies necessary for sustained exploration of the Moon and Mars.”

Elon Musk Unveils SpaceX's New Starship Plans for Private Trips to the Moon, Mars and Beyond

People could start flying aboard the vehicle in the next year or so, Musk said.

Elon Musk shows off SpaceX's first Starship rocket as it comes together in Texas

SpaceX is deep into development of its Starship rocket, with recent updates from CEO Elon Musk showing the first one under construction.

SpaceX ‘getting ready’ to fly orbital Starship design with new FCC filing

SpaceX is taking the steps necessary to begin test flying the orbital-class version of its Starship spacecraft, with new documents filed by the company (via Teslarati) with the FCC seeking necessary permissions for it to communicate with the prototype while it’s in flight.

SpaceX is eyeing these 9 places on Mars for its first Starship rocket missions

SpaceX is scouting for prime real estate to populate Mars, according to a database of NASA spacecraft photography.

SpaceX Starhopper rocket prototype takes giant leap for Elon Musk

A very early version of Elon Musk's Mars Starship blasts to new heights.

SpaceX's Roadster-Flying Starman Completes First Orbit of the Sun

Starman is traveling at speeds of up to 41,700 km/h.

SpaceX successfully launches twice-flown Falcon 9, catches fairing at sea

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 first-stage that had previously served two missions in July and November of 2018, today carrying its final payload, the AMOS-17 satellite for Spacecom.

NASA agrees to work with SpaceX on orbital refueling technology

On Tuesday afternoon, NASA announced 19 new partnerships with 10 US companies to help bring more cutting-edge technologies closer to production use in spaceflight. There were a lot of useful engineering ideas here, such as precision landing systems and robotic plant farms, but perhaps the most intriguing one involved the rocket company SpaceX and two of NASA's field centers—the Glenn Research Center in Ohio and the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

NASA awards SpaceX $50 million contract for new mission

In an announcement on the agency’s website, NASA reveals that it has awarded SpaceX a $50.3 million launch contract for its X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission.

SpaceX Starship 2021: What We Know About the History-Making First Mission

The most powerful rocket in history’s maiden voyage is fast-approaching. A SpaceX executive revealed last week that the Starship, the company’s forthcoming ship designed to be capable of voyages to Mars and beyond, is likely to take place in just two years’ time.

SpaceX Boat Snags Falling Payload Fairing in Historic First

SpaceX pulled off a long-sought rocket-reusability milestone during yesterday's epic Falcon Heavy launch.

NASA says SpaceX readying crew ship for possible flight by end of year

NASA says there's a chance SpaceX can launch two astronauts aboard the company's Crew Dragon capsule by the end of the year.

SpaceX is the No. 1 rocket company by revenue, with $2 billion last year, Jefferies estimates

SpaceX launches brought in $2 billion of revenue last year, according to Jefferies on Sunday.

SpaceX to launch “dozens” of Starlink satellites May 15, more Starlink launches to follow

SpaceX’s first launch to carry a large number of Starlink broadband satellites is scheduled for May 15, according to a company executive.

FCC approves SpaceX’s plans to fly internet-beaming satellites in a lower orbit

The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s request to fly a large swath of its future internet-beaming satellites at a lower orbit than originally planned.

NASA grants Elon Musk's SpaceX $69 million to fly spacecraft into asteroid

Elon Musk's SpaceX has been awarded a $69 million contract for a mission that will include flying a spacecraft into an asteroid.

NASA chief says a Falcon Heavy rocket could fly humans to the Moon

Falcon Heavy could augment Space Launch System on road back to the Moon.

SpaceX's Starship hopper steps towards first hop with several cautious tests

SpaceX’s team of South Texas engineers and technicians have dived into a program of critical pre-hop tests of the first assembled Starship prototype, a partial-fidelity vehicle – known as (Star)Hopper – meant to soon perform low-altitude, low-velocity hop tests powered by Raptor.

SpaceX could fire up both of its next-gen rockets soon

A follow-up launch of the Falcon Heavy demo and future plans to get to the Red Planet could both get a boost.

SpaceX Releases a New Render of What the All-Steel Starship Will Look Like Returning to Earth

SpaceX has released an impressive new image that shows its proposed Starship reentering the atmosphere of Earth.

Elon Musk Explains How "It’s Possible" to Build a City on Mars by 2050

The SpaceX CEO has an ambitious timetable.

SpaceX's Hexagon Tiles for Starship Heat Shield Pass Fiery Test

SpaceX is turning up the heat on its Starship spacecraft project, according to CEO Elon Musk. Literally.

The rise of SpaceX and the future of Elon Musk's Mars dream

What started as Elon Musk's vision to create a science experiment on Mars has turned into a powerhouse in the aerospace industry, shipping private satellites, NASA missions and military cargo. SpaceX has some of the most powerful rockets and many of them can be reused, bringing down the price of getting to orbit, and it plans to send astronauts to space by the end of 2019. Here's the story of SpaceX and what comes next.

SpaceX tests heat shields that will stop its Starship from burning up

Tesla is testing its Starship's heat shields and preparing to do a short hop with a prototype vehicle.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Megarocket to Fly 1st Commercial Mission in April: Report

SpaceX is targeting April 7 for the first Falcon Heavy commercial launch, according to CNBC.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Megarocket to Fly 1st Commercial Mission in April: Report

SpaceX is targeting April 7 for the first Falcon Heavy commercial launch, according to CNBC.

Watch SpaceX's Historic Demo-1 Mission in Extraordinary Slow-Mo Footage

On March 3, roughly 259 miles above the Earth’s surface, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon became the first spacecraft made for human spaceflight built by an American private company to dock on the International Space Station.

Elon Musk's SpaceX appears to be the front-runner to win a valuable NASA moon mission

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine says the agency will consider using commercial rockets for its lunar crew test flight.

She turns Elon Musk's bold space ideas into a business

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell was its seventh employee and first salesperson.

SpaceX Crew Dragon Splashes Down after Historic Test Flight

Splashdown occurred at 8:45 am Eastern time about 230 miles off the Florida coast

SpaceX Isn’t Likely To Be Impacted By Elon Musk’s Security Clearance Review—But His Role Might Be

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s security clearance is currently being reviewed by the Defense Department as a consequence of smoking marijuana on the Joe Rogan podcast last September, according to a report from Bloomberg.

SpaceX Crew Dragon, built to carry humans, set to return home from test mission

SpaceX will bring its Crew Dragon spacecraft home from the International Space Station Friday, capping its historic first test flight.

Elon Musk always thought SpaceX would 'fail' and he'd lose his PayPal millions

Elon Musk thought he would lose millions of dollars he made from selling PayPal by starting SpaceX, but it was "worth trying anyway."

SpaceX Crew Dragon nails crucial test: Docking with ISS

SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule has been tested in a vacuum, jostled in an acoustic chamber and put through computer simulations. But there's only one way to know for sure how a spacecraft will work: Strap it to a rocket, and let it fly.

SpaceX capsule docks at International Space Station - video

Following a successful launch on Saturday, the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule has docked at the at the International Space Station.

SpaceX launches its first crew capsule. Here's what that means.

The uncrewed flight to the space station is a key step in NASA's plans to send astronauts into orbit on commercial spacecraft.

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft launches – video

An uncrewed SpaceX spacecraft launched as planned from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on Saturday, on top of a Falcon 9 rocket and carrying a dummy pilot.

Meet Ripley, SpaceX's Dummy Astronaut Riding on Crew Dragon Test Flight

paceX's famous "Starman" dummy onboard the inaugural Falcon Heavy launch in 2018 is about to have some competition — from a new dummy, named Ripley, who will fly on the first test mission of the company's Crew Dragon capsule.

SpaceX's first NASA Commercial Crew launch: Everything you need to know about Demo-1

SpaceX is set to launch its astronaut capsule to space for the first time in the early hours of Saturday morning.

SpaceX readies Crew Dragon spacecraft for first test flight to the space station

If successful, the flight will be a major milestone for the burgeoning commercial spaceflight industry.

Israel flying to moon after SpaceX launch

An Israeli spacecraft rocketed toward the moon for the country's first attempted lunar landing, following a launch Thursday night by SpaceX.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Just Survived Its Highest Re-entry Heating Ever

SpaceX has completed one of its most challenging missions yet.

NASA, SpaceX clear Crew Dragon for critical March 2 test flight

NASA managers held a flight readiness review Friday and cleared SpaceX to press ahead with work to ready a Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon commercial ferry ship for launch March 2 on an unpiloted test flight to the International Space Station.

Exclusive: SpaceX, Boeing design risks threaten new delays for U.S. space program

NASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing Co of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new government report, threatening the U.S. bid to revive its human spaceflight program later this year.

SpaceX gets $300 million from Defense Department

The US Air Force awards Elon Musk's space company a grant for reconnaissance missions.

SpaceX tests flight version of Raptor engine

SpaceX test-fired Feb. 3 the first flight version of the Raptor engine the company has developed for its next-generation launch system.

SpaceX test fires the massive new engine for its next big rocket

SpaceX has just completed its first test fire of a full-scale Raptor engine, which will be used to power the company’s next generation rocket.

SpaceX's rocket cone-catching ship Mr. Steven is on its way to Florida

The 5,000-mile trek to Florida for SpaceX's one-of-a-kind ship, Mr. Steven, has begun.

Meet Tom Mueller: From Idaho logger to SpaceX co-founder who makes Elon Musk's rockets lift off

A high school teacher changed the course of SpaceX CTO Tom Mueller's life by asking: "Do you want to be the guy who fixes the plane or the guy who designs it?"

SpaceX Starship test rocket fractured by fierce winds

Elon Musk says it will take a few weeks to repair the stainless-steel hopper.

In blow to Los Angeles, SpaceX is moving some Mars spaceship and booster work to Texas

In a reversal of a deal local officials had touted as a win for Los Angeles tech, SpaceX will no longer build its Mars spaceship and rocket booster system at the Port of Los Angeles.

SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth from International Space Station

The latest SpaceX mission to the International Space Station has been completed as the Dragon cargo capsule splashed down.

SpaceX successfully launched its first mission of the year — and its last for customer Iridium

SpaceX is set to launch its first Falcon 9 rocket of the year this morning out of California — a flight that will also mark the first orbital mission of 2019 for the US.

SpaceX To Lay Off 10 Percent Of Its Workforce

A spokesman said the reduction would not be necessary except for "extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead."

SpaceX's 'Starship' Hopper Prototype Could Make 1st Test Flight in Weeks, Elon Musk Says

SpaceX could take its prototype Mars-colonizing spaceship out for a spin very soon.

Behold! SpaceX's 1st Crew Dragon Spaceship Is On the Launchpad

The private spaceflight company SpaceX has moved its first Dragon spaceship designed for astronauts to the launchpad ahead of an uncrewed test flight that's just weeks away.

SpaceX, one of the world's most valuable private companies, just got more valuable

SpaceX is in the midst of a funding round that has already pulled Elon Musk's rocket company past a $30 billion valuation.

SpaceX Launches Final Record-Breaking Rocket Of 2018, And Its First Ever National Security Mission

SpaceX has successfully launched its 21st rocket of the year – smashing its previous record, and launching its first national security mission in the process.