Space X is one of the largest private aerospace company which was founded by Elon Musk who is one of the richest men in the world in recent time. He founded space exploration technologies corporation (SpaceX) on 6 May 2002. Whose headquarter is situated in Hawthorne, California.
SpaceX | One of The Largest Private Aerospace Company
SpaceX CEO and Company
Elon Musk is CEO and CTO of SpaceX. As a start of this SpaceX, he invited Tom Mueller who is a rocket engineer, and also gave him a chance to become a business partner. There are around 8000 employees work in SpaceX. They have completed a total of 108 launches, around 71 landings, and 50 reflown rockets. Which is a big achievement of SpaceX. Its total net worth is $46 billion.
Goals of SpaceX
Now a simple question arises in our mind that why it was founded?
There are several goals of SpaceX or Elon Musk that are as below:-
- To decrease the cost of rockets, space equipment by the factor of 10
- To Improve the reliability of access of space
- One of the important aims is to develop the rapidly reusable launch system
- They are working on the next generation fully reusable launch vehicles that will carry humans to Mars.
Achievements of SpaceX
SpaceX has successfully launched and deployed the booster launcher, the 6th batch of60 Starlink. The Booster launcher contains a total of 143 satellites, which breaks the world record of ISRO’s 104 satellites. It is the great achievements for SpaceX
SpaceX has also built a large spaceship so that man can be reached to Mars. Recently they have launched 2 uncrewed cargo ships to Mars in 2020.
SpaceX has got lots of achievements in the aerospace field. As a private aerospace company, it is so difficult to reach this stage but SpaceX made it possible.
|28 September 2008||First, privately funded liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit.||Falcon 1 flight 4|
|14 July 2009||First, privately developed liquid-fueled rocket to put a commercial satellite in orbit.||RazakSAT on Falcon 1 flight 5|
|9 December 2010||First private company to successfully launch, orbit, and recover a spacecraft.||SpaceX Dragon on SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 1|
|25 May 2012||First private company to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).||Dragon C2+|
|22 December 2015||First landing of an orbital rocket’s first stage on land.||Falcon 9 flight 20|
|8 April 2016||First landing of an orbital rocket’s first stage on an ocean platform.||Falcon 9 flight 23|
|30 March 2017||First relaunch and landing of a used orbital first stage.||B1021 on Falcon 9 flight 32|
|30 March 2017||First controlled flyback and recovery of a payload fairing.||Falcon 9 flight 32|
|3 June 2017||First re-flight of a commercial cargo spacecraft.||Dragon C106 on SpaceX CRS-11 mission.|
|6 February 2018||The first private spacecraft launched into a heliocentric orbit.||Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster on Falcon Heavy test flight|
|2 March 2019||First private company to send a human-rated spacecraft to space.||Crew Dragon Demo-1, on Falcon 9 flight 69|
|3 March 2019||First private company to autonomously dock a spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).||Crew Dragon Demo-1, on Falcon 9 flight 69|
|25 July 2019||The first use of a full-flow staged combustion cycle engine (Raptor) in a free-flying vehicle. The benefit is a much longer life than conventional engines; it is expected to able to be re-used 1000 times.||Starhopper|
|11 November 2019||First reuse of payload fairing. The fairing was from the Arabsat-6A mission in April 2019.||Starlink 1Falcon 9 launch|
|30 May 2020||First private company to send humans into orbit.||Crew Dragon Demo-2|
|31 May 2020||First private company to send humans to the International Space Station (ISS).||Crew Dragon Demo-2|