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Space Exploration / April 17, 2020

Making History

SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. The company made history again in May 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft attached to the International Space Station, exchanged cargo payloads, and returned safely to Earth — a technically challenging feat previously accomplished only by governments. Since then Dragon has delivered cargo to and from the space station multiple times, providing regular cargo resupply missions for NASA.

April 2016


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.

December 2015


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.

May 2015

Pad Abort Test

Crew Dragon tests launch abort system, which can provide astronauts with escape capability all the way to orbit.

January 2015

Drone Ship Landings

SpaceX begins series of first-stage landing attempts on an autonomous spaceport
drone ship.

September 2014

Spacex Awarded .6b Commercial Crew Contract

NASA awards SpaceX contract to fly American astronauts.

June 2014

Falcon 9 Reusable Test Vehicle Flies 1000M

Vehicle completes highest leap to date, lands safely.

April 2014

First Stage Landing

Falcon 9 first stage successfully lands in Atlantic Ocean.

December 2013

First Flight of Falcon 9 to GTO

Falcon 9 reaches Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit

October 2013

Grasshopper Completes Half-mile Flight

The Grasshopper program finished with a 744m flight, hover, and landing.

May 2012

Dragon Visits Station

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

December 2010

Advancing the Future

Under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA, SpaceX is flying numerous cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station, for a total of at least 20 flights under the Commercial Resupply Services contract. In 2016, NASA awarded SpaceX a second version of that contract that will cover a minimum of 6 additional flights from 2019 onward. In the near future, SpaceX will carry crew as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program as well. Dragon was designed from the outset to carry astronauts and SpaceX is in the process of upgrading Dragon to make it crew-ready. SpaceX is the world’s fastest-growing provider of launch services and has over 70 future missions on its manifest, representing over $10 billion in contracts. These include commercial satellite launches as well as NASA and other US Government missions.