You are here

Making History

SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. The company made history again in May 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft attached to the International Space Station, exchanged cargo payloads, and returned safely to Earth — a technically challenging feat previously accomplished only by governments. Since then Dragon has delivered cargo to and from the space station multiple times, providing regular cargo resupply missions for NASA.


June 2014

Falcon 9 Reusable Test Vehicle Flies 1000M

Vehicle completes highest leap to date, lands safely.

April 2014

First Stage Landing

Falcon 9 first stage successfully lands in Atlantic Ocean.


December 2013

First Flight of Falcon 9 to GTO

Falcon 9 reaches Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit

March 2013

Grasshopper Completes Highest Leap to Date

Grasshopper achieves 325m leap--higher than the Chrysler building.


September 2012

Grasshopper's First Hop

First in a series of successful tests of SpaceX's reusability technology.

May 2012

Dragon Visits Station

Dragon becomes the first private spacecraft in history to visit the space station.


December 2010

Dragon Returns from Earth Orbit

On December 8, 2010, Dragon became the first privately developed spacecraft in history to re-enter from low-Earth orbit.

June 2010

Falcon 9 First Flight

Met 100% of mission objectives on the first flight!


July 2009

Falcon 1 Flight 5 Makes History

Falcon 1 Flight 5 makes history, becoming the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to deliver a commercial satellite to Earth orbit


December 2008

SpaceX Wins $1.6B CRS Contract

NASA awards SpaceX $1.6B Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.

Advancing the Future

Under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA, SpaceX will fly numerous cargo resupply missions to the ISS, for a total of at least 12 —and in the near future, SpaceX will carry crew as well. Dragon was designed from the outset to carry astronauts and now, under a $440 million agreement with NASA, SpaceX is making modifications to make Dragon crew-ready. SpaceX is the world’s fastest-growing provider of launch services. Profitable and cash-flow positive, the company has nearly 50 launches on its manifest, representing close to $5 billion in contracts. These include commercial satellite launches as well as NASA missions.

Currently under development is the Falcon Heavy, which will be the world’s most powerful rocket. All the while, SpaceX continues to work toward one of its key goals—developing reusable rockets, a feat that will transform space exploration by delivering highly reliable vehicles at radically reduced costs.