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Making History

SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company capable of returning a spacecraft from low Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in 2010. The company made history again in 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station.

SpaceX successfully achieved the historic first reflight of an orbital class rocket in 2017, and the company now regularly launches flight-proven rockets. In 2018, SpaceX began launching Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful operational rocket by a factor of two.

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February 2018

Falcon Heavy First Flight

Falcon Heavy is the world’s most powerful operational rocket by a factor of two, capable of carrying large payloads to orbit and supporting missions as far as the Moon or Mars.

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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

FIRST REFLIGHT

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.

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April 2016

DRONESHIP LANDING

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.

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December 2015

FIRST LAND LANDING

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.

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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.

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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.

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May 2012

Dragon Visits Station

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

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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!

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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

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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

As one of the world’s fastest growing providers of launch services, SpaceX has secured over 100 missions to its manifest, representing over $12 billion on contract. These include commercial satellite launches as well as US government missions. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is flying numerous cargo resupply missions to the space station under a series of Commercial Resupply Services contracts. Dragon was designed from the outset to carry humans to space and will soon fly astronauts under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, with the first demonstration flight targeted for January 2019.

Building on the achievements of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, SpaceX is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.