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SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches the most advanced rockets and spacecraft, and is the world’s fastest growing commercial launch supplier. The now 4000-strong company was founded in June 2002, by serial entrepreneur Elon Musk with the initial goal of recapturing the public’s imagination with spaceflight, reducing the cost of access to orbit by developing reusable rockets, and making life multi-planetary by expanding humanity’s presence to Mars.

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The seventh cargo resupply mission of Dragon to the ISS, also carrying the first International Docking Adapter in the trunk of Dragon, for use in Commercial Crew missions.

Launch Count

As of August 2014, SpaceX has launched 17 rockets (all from its sole rocket family, Falcon) to a variety of destinations, from LEO to the ISS to GEO; carrying scientific and commercial payloads along with Dragon under its commercial resupply contract with NASA.

Falcon 9 Launch Count

Falcon 9 is SpaceX's workhorse of the Falcon fleet, able to carry 13,150kg to LEO & 4,850kg to GTO. To date, it has launched on 11 occasions, predominantly lifting communications satellites and Dragon to the ISS. Designed to be thin enough to be carried on a flatbed truck; the pencil thin Falcon 9 at 3.7m wide is taller than the entire Space Shuttle stack, yet thinner than a Shuttle solid rocket booster.

Falcon Heavy Launch Count

Falcon Heavy is the world's most powerful rocket, pushing 4 million pounds of thrust (17.6MN) at liftoff, and is able to haul 53 metric tons to LEO - the equivalent of a fully loaded Boeing 737. Only the Saturn V has delivered more payload to orbit, yet it is a third of the cost of a Delta IV Heavy and has twice the performance. SpaceX is gearing up for the first flight of Falcon Heavy in 2015.

Falcon 1 Launch Count

Falcon 1, now retired, was SpaceX's original two stage rocket equipped with a single Merlin 1C engine - able to lift 670kg to LEO. Launched exclusively from Kwajalein, it was used for 5 flights, of which the first 3 failed. At the time of the first successful flight of Falcon 1 (flight 4), SpaceX was on the verge of bankruptcy.

Dragon Missions

Dragon - SpaceX's orbital spacecraft - has flown into space 5 times atop of a Falcon 9 rocket. On completion of its first mission in December 2010, Dragon became the first privately developed spacecraft to be successfully recovered from orbit. If required, Dragon can also be placed on top of Falcon Heavy. Future variants of Dragon are designed to carry crew and return propulsively to the launch site.


Under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services program, Dragon regularly lifts cargo to and returns cargo from the ISS as part of a 12-mission contract. SpaceX's valued contract contains both more missions at a cheaper price than a similar contract awarded to Orbital Sciences. As of June 2014, 3 of these missions have been completed.

Dragon Flight Time
119 8 44 43
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Dragon's missions have become progressively longer during each flight. The first test flight of Dragon lasted just over 3 hours, while the most recent flight, CRS-3, ended up with a mission elapsed time nearing 30 days. Dragon's total on-orbit endurance however is up to 2 years. The next Dragon flight (CRS-4) is scheduled for August 2014.

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NASA's $1.6 billion CRS contract with SpaceX calls for 12 flights delivering a minimum of 20,000kg of cargo up to the station. Dragon remains the only spacecraft in service capable of returning large quantities of cargo from the Station to Earth.

Launches from SLC-40, Florida

Florida, specifically, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), is the launch site of Falcon 9 carrying Dragon towards the International Space Station, and the starting point for satellites heading into Geostationary Earth Orbit.

Launches from SLC-4E, California

Vandenberg AFB Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) in California is SpaceX's departure point for satellites (mostly scientific and Earth observation) seeking a polar orbit around the Earth. SLC-4E was last used in 2005 for the final flight of the Titan IV rocket.

Launches from LC-39A, Florida

In April 2014, SpaceX signed an agreement with NASA for a 20 year lease on the historic Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX will pay to build horizontal integration facilities, and hopes to launch the first Falcon Heavy from here in early 2015.

Launches from Boca Chica, Texas

Boca Chica Beach, Texas is the likely location of SpaceX's new commerical-only private launch site designed to handle LEO & GEO launches on a tight schedule, freeing up other launch sites for other uses. It is expected to become operational in 2016.

Launches from Omelek Island, Kwajalein

Omelek Island within the Kwajalein Atoll was SpaceX's first launch site and used exclusively to launch the Falcon 1. Far from other land, Kwajalein is surrounded by vast amounts of sea and open ocean, making it the perfect site to launch rockets. Ironically, this climate also led to the failure of the first Falcon 1 launch, during which the engine failed 25 seconds into flight due to a corroded bolt.

Merlin 1D Inflight Operating Time
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Merlin 1D is the 4th iteration of SpaceX's Merlin engine family. Using a mixture of RP-1 (Kerosene) and Liquid Oxygen (LOX), it achieves a thrust to weight ratio exceeding 150, the highest of any kerolox engine. It delivers 654 kN (147,000 lbs) of thrust with a specific impulse of 282 seconds at sea level, and 716 kN (161,000 lbs) of thrust with a specific impulse of 311 seconds in a vacuum. After the second Falcon 9 v1.1 flight, Elon Musk announced that Merlin 1D was actually operating at 85% of its potential, and anticipated to be able to increase the sea level thrust to 730 kN (165,000 lbs).

Merlin 1D Success Rate

To date, no Merlin 1D engine has ever failed in flight, yielding a perfect 100% success rate with 54 engines. Up to 2 Merlin 1D engines can fail on board Falcon 9's first stage, and Falcon 9 can still successfully complete a mission.

Astronauts - Current

No SpaceX astronauts are in orbit at this time. Currently, SpaceX is actively pursuing a human spaceflight program which will begin with a Dragon pad abort test in July 2014, followed by a Dragon in-flight abort test aboard a Falcon 9 in Early 2015. Completion of these milestones under NASA's Commercial Crew program will allow SpaceX to fly its first astronauts in 2016, and to the ISS in 2017.

Astronauts - Cumulative

Currently, SpaceX is actively pursuing a human spaceflight program which will begin with a Dragon pad abort test in July 2014, followed by a Dragon in-flight abort test aboard a Falcon 9 in Early 2015. The crewed version of Dragon, Dragon v2, will be able to carry up to 7 astronauts for several days and propulsively return to the launch site.

Primary Satellites Launched

SpaceX has launched six primary satellites in total; four of which with large masses, all on Falcon 9 v1.1 vehicles. These are CASSIOPE, SES-8, Thaicom 6, and AsiaSat 8; which weigh 500kg, 3,138kg, 3,016kg, & 4,535kg respectively. The former is a scientific and technology experiment mission for MDA Corporation of Canada and the latter three are both geostationary comunication satellites.

Satellites Launched

Over the course of 16 Falcon 9 & Falcon 1 missions, SpaceX has launched many satellites into Earth orbit, both successfully and unsuccessfully. The majority of these are nanosatellites and cubesats. In fact, on the Falcon 9 COTS 1 mission which lofted Dragon into the orbit for the first time, SpaceX deployed an additional 8 satellites. A close second is the inaugural launch of Falcon 9 v1.1 which lofted CASSIOPE into orbit along with 5 other secondary payloads.

Elon Musk's Bet Expires
Elon Musk's bet expires at 1 January 2026 00:00 UTC

In April 2009, Michael S. Malone revealed, while interviewing Elon Musk, that the two had a bet that SpaceX would put a man on Mars by "2020 or 2025". Musk has continued to reiterate this rough timeframe since. No pressure, Elon.

Reusability Development Flights

One of SpaceX's many ambitious goals is the creation of reusable rockets and spacecraft, and multiple suborbital development flights are required by multiple vehicles to accomplish this. These vehicles include F9R, to test the return of the Falcon 9 first stage to a landing site, and its precursor Grasshopper; along with DragonFly to help develop the propulsive landing capabilities of Dragon v2.

Grasshopper Flights

Grasshopper was an experimental vertical-takeoff vertical-landing suborbital rocket that SpaceX used to test and develop the technologies needed to successfully return a Falcon rocket back to the launch site propulsively after separation; and consists of a Falcon 9 lower stage body and a single Merlin 1D engine. It flew 8 times before being replaced in April 2014 by F9R-Dev1. Its launches became a hit on video-sharing site YouTube, with multiple flights topping 1 million views.

F9R Flights

F9R extends Grasshopper's flight profile into the transonic and supersonic regimes and includes landing legs and the longer Falcon 9v1.1 first stage. Once subsonic, low-altitude testing of F9R is complete at McGregor, Texas, a second F9R will fly out of Spaceport America, New Mexico to altitudes of up to 100km - fully simulating a Falcon 9 launch, reentry, and landing. F9R's promising life was sadly cut short when during ascent of its 5th flight, the Flight Termination System was activated, causing the rocket to explode.

DragonFly Flights

To test the propulsive return of Dragon v2 back to Earth with its eight hypergolic SuperDraco engines, the reusable DragonFly vehicle will also be tested at McGregor, Texas, once F9R flights there are complete. A number of different test types will be conducted, including 'assisted' tests where the vehicle is dropped from a helicopter and uses parachutes to land along with its engines, and more standard launch-landing flights under its own propulsion.

Reusability Dev. Flight Time
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Together, Grasshopper, F9R and DragonFly have collectively been flown at the McGregor Test Facility in Texas for over 10 minutes! No roasted cows have been reported as of yet.


On 6 January 2014, SpaceX hardware achieved its farthest distance from Earth ever when Thaicom 6 and the Falcon 9 upper stage were boosted in a super-synchronous Geostationary Transfer Orbit around the Earth with an apogee of over 91,590km.

Quickest Turnaround
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The quickest time between SpaceX launches has been broken thrice in SpaceX’s history. The current record was set on the turnaround from Falcon 9 Flight 10 (Orbcomm OG2 Launch 1) to Falcon 9 Flight 11 (AsiaSat 8). It was previously set earlier in 2013 & 2014 with flights 7 & 8. Prior to this Falcon 1 flights 3 & 4 in late 2008 held the record for over 5 years.

Mars Population Count

If a self-sustaining colony on Mars to make life multiplanetary is the goal - there's no better time to start than now. SpaceX eventually aims to, via its Mars Colonial Transporter mission architecture, transport people from Earth to Mars for as low as "$500,000" (relatively easy depending on how much lipstick you buy).

Vehicles Landed

Beginning in late-2014, SpaceX hopes for the first time ever to bring the lower stage of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle back to a landing site propulsively under its own power. Rapid reuse of rocket stages will reduce the cost of access to orbit. Dragon v2 will also land propulsively after returning from orbit. Eventually, SpaceX also hopes to return the upper stage of the Falcon 9 & Falcon Heavy back to a landing pad.

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