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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 delivered cargo to and from the International Space Station — a 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.

In 2017, SpaceX successfully achieved the first reflight of an orbital class rocket – a historic milestone on the road to full and rapid rocket reusability.


June 2017

First Dragon Reflight

This Dragon resupply mission represented the first reflight of a commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station.

March 2017


On March 30, 2017, SpaceX achieved the world's first reflight of an orbital class rocket. Following delivery of the payload, the Falcon 9 first stage returned to Earth for the second time.


April 2016


On April 8, 2016, the Falcon 9 rocket launched the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, and the first stage returned and landed on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship.


December 2015


On December 21, 2015, the Falcon 9 rocket delivered 11 communications satellites to orbit, and the first stage returned and landed at Landing Zone 1 -– the first-ever orbital class rocket landing.

May 2015

Pad Abort Test

Crew Dragon tests launch abort system, which can provide astronauts with escape capability all the way to orbit.

January 2015

Drone Ship Landings

SpaceX begins series of first stage landing attempts on an autonomous spaceport
drone ship.


September 2014

Spacex Awarded $2.6b Commercial Crew Contract

NASA awards SpaceX contract to fly American astronauts.

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

October 2013

Grasshopper Completes Half-mile Flight

The Grasshopper program finished with a 744m flight, hover, and landing.


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.

September 2008

Falcon 1 Makes History

Falcon 1 becomes the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach Earth orbit.

Advancing the Future

SpaceX is flying numerous cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station, for a total of at least 20 flights under the Commercial Resupply Services contract. In 2016, NASA awarded SpaceX a second version of that contract that will cover a minimum of 6 additional flights from 2019 onward. Dragon was designed from the outset to carry astronauts to space, and as early as 2018, SpaceX will carry crew as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.  As one of the world’s fastest growing provider of launch services, SpaceX has secured over 100 missions to its manifest, representing over $12 billion in contracts. These include commercial satellite launches as well as NASA and other US Government 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 fully and rapidly reusable rockets, a feat that will transform space exploration by delivering highly reliable vehicles at radically reduced costs.