Space Exploration Technologies wants to be the go-to cargo company of the future. Also known as SpaceX, the company is developing space launch services that it claims could help the Department of Defense save up to $1 billion a year by providing competition. The company's Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to visit NASA's International Space Station (ISS). Its Falcon family of vehicles includes Falcon 9, which was successfully launched in the same flight to the ISS with the Dragon, and the Falcon Heavy, which can carry twice as much as NASA's former flagship craft and successfully launched a test payload in 2018. Hauling cargo is just 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. A key feature of SpaceX is that its rockets are designed to return to Earth for re-use. Two of the three booster rockets that launched the Falcon Heavy in 2018 touched down on the launch site after they sent the payload – a Tesla Roadster owned by Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Inc. – into space.
SpaceX is based in Hawthorne, California. The company has launch facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and Boca Chica, Texas. It also has a rocket-development facility in McGregor, Texas; and offices in Houston; Chantilly, Virginia; and Washington, DC.
SpaceX aims to achieve space flight economically by using a more open management structure, carrying out its own manufacturing, and focusing on simple designs. A critical element is that its rockets are designed to be used again and again rather than splashing into the ocean. The company has contracts with public agencies and private companies for more than 100 launches valued at more than $12 billion.
In 2018 the company branched out and launched its two of its own satellites as the start to an internet service. The plan calls for the service, called Starlink, to have some 11,000 satellites to provide internet service to rural areas.
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