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.
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.
First Dragon Reflight
This Dragon resupply mission represented the first reflight of a commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station.
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.
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.
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.
Crew Dragon tests launch abort system, which can provide astronauts with escape capability all the way to orbit.
Drone Ship Landings
SpaceX begins series of first stage landing attempts on an autonomous spaceport
Spacex Awarded $2.6b Commercial Crew Contract
NASA awards SpaceX contract to fly American astronauts.
Falcon 9 Reusable Test Vehicle Flies 1000M
Vehicle completes highest leap to date, lands safely.
First Stage Landing
Falcon 9 first stage successfully lands in Atlantic Ocean.
First Flight of Falcon 9 to GTO
Falcon 9 reaches Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit
Grasshopper Completes Half-mile Flight
The Grasshopper program finished with a 744m flight, hover, and landing.
Dragon Visits Station
Dragon becomes the first private spacecraft in history to visit the space station.
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.
Falcon 9 First Flight
Met 100% of mission objectives on the first flight!
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
SpaceX Wins $1.6B CRS Contract
NASA awards SpaceX $1.6B Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.
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.