Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002, with the goal of revolutionizing space technology and bringing humans to Mars. The company has had its share of mishaps, but it's also been the source of a great many successes and firsts.
Here are some of SpaceX's biggest launches
Musk's space exploration company had its first successful takeoff in 2008 when it launched Falcon 1.
In 2012, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vehicle docked at the International Space Station for the first time.
In 2015, Falcon 9 landed vertically after returning from space, a huge breakthrough as it allows the rocket to be refused, saving SpaceX money and making space explorations possible more often.
Three years later, SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy with a Tesla roadster on board.
What's next for SpaceX?
Most recently, the company successfully executed its biggest test flight yet to the International Space Station. The manned journey—which took place aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule—marks the first time in nine years that astronauts have lifted off from American soil on an American-made rocket. That's because ever since the Space Shuttle retired, the U.S. has been paying Russia around $80 million per seat to fly its astronauts to the International Space Station.
SpaceX developed the Crew Dragon capsule with more than $3 billion of funding from NASA under the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.
On August 2, 2020, the Demo-2 mission was successfully completed as SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft landed in the Gulf of Mexico. The concluded a historic two month test.
President Trump offered his congratulations on Twitter.
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