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About SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies wants to be the go-to cargo company for space. Also known as SpaceX, the company provides a route to orbit for companies deploying satellites and it hauls supplies to the International Space Station. The company's launch rockets are Falcon 9, which can push more than 50,000 pounds of payload into low-Earth orbit, and Falcon Heavy, which can carry a load nearly three times heavier. SpaceX's customers include NASA and the National Reconnaissance Office, the Pentagon's spy-satellite arm. The company has also put into orbit its own satellites for broadband internet service via its division Starlink. Hauling cargo is SpaceX's day job. Its longer term mission: transport people and equipment to the moon and Mars.


SpaceX pays its bills by putting satellites in orbit. It does work for government agencies and telecommunications and satellite companies. The company designs, develops, makes, and launches its rockets. The company maintains a relatively low-cost-launch structure, which features rockets designed to return to Earth for re-use.  

Besides its launch vehicles, SpaceX makes the Dragon spacecraft, which carries cargo and can carry people. Besides getting stuff into space, it can bring significant amounts of cargo back to Earth. In 2019, the Dragon spacecraft became the first American spacecraft to autonomously dock with the International Space Station.

Starlink, a division of SpaceX, is developing a low latency, broadband internet system to meet the needs of consumers. It is targeting services in the Northern US and Canada.

Geographic Reach

SpaceX is based in Hawthorne, California. The company has launch facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and Kennedy Space Center. It also has a rocket-development facility in McGregor, Texas. The company also has government outreach and licensing team located in Washington, DC.


1 Rocket Rd
Hawthorne, CA 90250-6844
Phone: 1 (310) 363-6000

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
VP, Propulsion Development: Tom Mueller
CEO and Chief Designer: Elon Musk
President and COO: Gwynne Shotwell
Employees (This Location): 798
Employees (All Locations): 7,251

Major Office Locations

Hawthorne, CA

Other Locations

Washington, DC
Cape Canaveral, FL
Houston, TX
Mc Gregor, TX
Redmond, WA