“You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great - and that’s what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It’s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars.”

-Elon Musk

87 Total Launches
52 Total Landings
35 Reflown Rockets

MAKING HUMANITY MULTIPLANETARY

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.

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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, and in 2012 our Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station, Soon we will be the first private company to take humans there as well. Click through the timeline above to see some of our milestone accomplishments.

SEPTEMBER 2008

FALCON 1 MAKES HISTORY

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

APRIL 2012

DRAGON REACHES THE SPACE STATION

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

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.

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.

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.

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. On February 7, 2018, Falcon Heavy made its first launch to orbit, successfully landing 2 of its 3 boosters and launching its payload to space.

MARCH 2019

CREW DRAGON DOCKS WITH ISS

Crew Dragon docked with the International Space Station on March 3 at 3:02 a.m. PST, becoming the first American spacecraft to autonomously dock with the orbiting laboratory.

Reusability

SpaceX believes a fully and rapidly reusable rocket is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access. The majority of the launch cost comes from building the rocket, which historically has flown only once.

Compare that to a commercial airliner – each new plane costs about the same as Falcon 9 but can fly multiple times per day and conduct tens of thousands of flights over its lifetime. Following the commercial model, a rapidly reusable space launch vehicle could reduce the cost of traveling to space by a hundredfold.

While most rockets are designed to burn up on reentry, SpaceX rockets can not only withstand reentry but can also successfully land back on Earth and refly again.

Landing

SpaceX’s family of Falcon launch vehicles are the first and only orbital class rockets capable of reflight. Depending on the performance required for the mission, Falcon lands on one of our autonomous spaceport droneships out on the ocean or one of our landing zones near our launch pads.

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SpaceX Facilities

BUILD FACILITY
California
BUILD FACILITY

SpaceX designs and builds its reusable rockets and spacecraft at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California. As a company, SpaceX is vertically integrated, building the vast majority of the vehicle on the Hawthorne campus. SpaceX headquarters remains one of the few facilities in the world where you can see an entire launch vehicle or spacecraft come together under one roof.

TESTING FACILITY
Texas
TESTING FACILITY

SpaceX tests its engines, vehicle structures, and systems at a 4,000-acre state-of-the-art rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Outfitted with 16 specialized test stands, the facility validates for flight every Merlin engine that powers the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets, and every Draco thruster that controls the Dragon spacecraft.

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, SPACE LAUNCH COMPLEX 40
FLORIDA
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, SPACE LAUNCH COMPLEX 40

The site’s location on the southeast coast of the US provides access to a wide range of low and medium inclination orbits frequently used by communications and Earth-observing satellites and by supply missions to the International Space Station. The site also allows access to geostationary orbits, as well as departures to the Moon and interplanetary destinations.

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, LAUNCH COMPLEX 39A
Florida
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, LAUNCH COMPLEX 39A

SpaceX is honored to launch from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A, home of the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. In addition to commercial satellite launches and space station resupply missions, LC-39A supports crew launches of the Dragon spacecraft.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, SPACE LAUNCH COMPLEX 4 EAST
California
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, SPACE LAUNCH COMPLEX 4 EAST

The site’s location on the California coastline provides customers with access to high inclination and polar orbits, frequently used by satellite communication constellations, defense intelligence and Earth-observing satellites, and some lunar missions. Launches from Vandenberg heading straight south traverse open ocean all the way to the Antarctic, by which time the vehicles have long since reached orbit.

SOUTH TEXAS LAUNCH SITE
TEXAS
SOUTH TEXAS LAUNCH SITE

SpaceX is building the world’s first commercial launch site designed for orbital missions in the Cameron County area of South Texas. SpaceX’s build and launch site for its Starship test articles and spacecraft takes place here.