60 Facts About SpaceX

1. SpaceX is currently building a prototype of the Starship rocket at its facility near Brownsville, Texas.

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2. SpaceX is building the Raptor engines at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California and testing them at the company's facilities in McGregor, Texas.

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3. On Sunday, SpaceX successfully carried out a test firing of its new Starship Raptor rocket engine, and Elon Musk was more than happy to share footage of the test via Twitter.

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4. SpaceX has its eye on the Red Planet: The company is preparing to test its Starship Raptor engine, which could be used on a future mission to Mars.

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5. SpaceX is one of two companies NASA has tapped to launch astronaut crews to and from the International Space Station.

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6. SpaceX is currently preparing to launch the first uncrewed test flight of a Crew Dragon next month.

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7. SpaceX has already been busy transporting the boosters for this launch from Texas to Florida.

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8. SpaceX is headquartered in Hawthorne, California, which serves as its primary manufacturing plant.

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9. In June 2015, SpaceX announced that they would sponsor a Hyperloop competition, and would build a 1-mile-long subscale test track near SpaceX's headquarters for the competitive events.

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10. SpaceX has expressed his interest in someday traveling to the planet, stating "I'd like to die on Mars, just not on impact.

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11. At the time of its first launch, SpaceX described their Falcon Heavy as "the world's most powerful rocket in operation".

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12. On May 22, 2012, Musk and SpaceX made history when the company launched its Falcon 9 rocket into space with an unmanned capsule.

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13. SpaceX is trying a better concept, simply using the landing rockets for an abort event.

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14. SpaceX has just released new images showing the Dragon crew capsule and trunk section being moved to the launch pad and being positioned atop the launch mount on SLC-40.

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15. SpaceX is the brainchild of Elon Musk, one of several, and it makes and launches rockets, something only governments used to do.

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16. SpaceX is about to open an office in greater Seattle, eventually employing a welter of engineers.

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17. In the years of its existence, SpaceX has managed to design the Falcon Family, space vehicles used for transporting cargo to the International Space Station.

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18. Under the leadership of Musk, SpaceX continues to be one of the leading private space transportation companies.

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19. In 2008, SpaceX was just days away from bankruptcy, when a $1.6 billion contract from NASA proved to be the saving grace.

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20. SpaceX has a launch abort system in place in case anything goes wrong during lift-off.

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21. On 27 April 2016, SpaceX announced its plan to go ahead and launch a modified Dragon lander to Mars in 2018.

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22. In 2014, SpaceX released the total combined development costs for both the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and the Dragon capsule.

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23. On 6 May 2015, SpaceX completed a pad abort test for the Dragon 2.

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24. In 2006, Elon Musk stated that SpaceX had built "a prototype flight crew capsule, including a thoroughly tested 30-man-day life-support system".

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25. On 23 February 2009, SpaceX announced that its chosen phenolic-impregnated carbon ablator heat shield material, PICA-X, had passed heat stress tests in preparation for Dragon's maiden launch.

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26. SpaceX has developed a second version called Dragon 2, which includes the capability to transport people.

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27. SpaceX has approval to turn on its first two test satellites today, but it still needs approval from the FCC for the rest of the network.

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28. SpaceX is the first to employ propulsive landing in Earth's atmosphere.

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29. In 2015, SpaceX said the first rocket launch would happen in early 2016.

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30. SpaceX is a private company founded in 2002 by Elon Musk.

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31. On March 30, 2017, SpaceX achieved the world's first reflight of an orbital class rocket.

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32. In 2018, SpaceX began launching Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful operational rocket by a factor of two.

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33. On March 30, 2017, SpaceX became the first entity to successfully launch and fly a reusable orbital class rocket.

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34. In 2012, SpaceX became the first private space company to dock with the International Space Station.

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35. SpaceX has gotten the permission it needs to launch more than 7,000 satellites into orbit as part of its enormous Starlink constellation.

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36. SpaceX is winning the race for satellite supremacy all over the world.

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37. SpaceX is winning the race for satellite supremacy all over the world.

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38. In 2014, SpaceX had won nine contracts out of 20 that were openly competed worldwide in 2014 at commercial launch service providers.

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39. In December 2012, SpaceX announced its first two launch contracts with the United States Department of Defense.

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40. In early 2017, SpaceX was awarded four additional crewed missions to the ISS from NASA to shuttle astronauts back and forth.

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41. In July 2016, SpaceX acquired an additional 740 square meters creative space in Irvine, California (Orange County) to focus on satellite communications.

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42. In January 2015, SpaceX announced it would be entering the satellite production business and global satellite internet business.

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43. In August 2014, SpaceX announced they would be building a commercial-only launch facility at Brownsville, Texas.

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44. SpaceX has launched 13 Falcon 9 missions from Launch Pad 39A and more recently the Falcon Heavy, on February 6, 2018.

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45. In June 2017, SpaceX announced they would construct a facility on 0.88 hectares in Port Canaveral Florida for refurbishment and storage of previously-flown Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy booster cores.

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46. SpaceX is headquartered in California, which serves as its primary manufacturing plant.

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47. SpaceX is developing a super-heavy lift launch system, the BFR.

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48. SpaceX is actively pursuing several different research and development programs.

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49. In February 2017 SpaceX announced that two would-be space tourists had put down "significant deposits" for a mission which would see the two tourists fly on board a Dragon capsule around the Moon and back again.

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50. In 2005, SpaceX announced plans to pursue a human-rated commercial space program through the end of the decade.

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51. In 2011, SpaceX began development of the Falcon Heavy, a heavy-lift rocket configured using a cluster of three Falcon 9 first stage cores with a total 27 Merlin 1D engines and propellant crossfeed.

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52. SpaceX is currently the world's most prolific producer of liquid fuel rocket engines.

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53. SpaceX is currently developing two further rocket engines: SuperDraco and Raptor.

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54. In August 2008, SpaceX accepted a $20 million investment from Founders Fund.

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55. In 2015, SpaceX successfully landed the first orbital rocket on December 21.

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56. As of March 2018, SpaceX had over 100 launches on its manifest representing about $12 billion in contract revenue.

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57. In March 2017, SpaceX became the first to successfully re-launch and land the first stage of an orbital rocket.

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58. In April 2016, with the launch of CRS-8, SpaceX successfully vertically landed a first stage on an ocean drone ship landing platform.

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59. SpaceX has since developed the Falcon launch vehicle family and the Dragon spacecraft family, which both currently deliver payloads into Earth orbit.

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60. Elon Musk says SpaceX is on track to launch people to Mars within 6 years—here's the full timeline of his plans to colonize the red planet.

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