A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch from
VAFB SLC 4E, lofting the
Polar Starlink 1 to a
Starship - Hop Tests
SpaceX is conducting an experimental test program of its future
launch vehicle, the Super Heavy/Starship. Incremental hop tests
will serve to validate landing procedures for a reusable second stage
and a heat shielding technology.
Launch History - Per Year
With an ever-increasing launch cadence, SpaceX has surpassed other
launch providers by annual vehicles launched and continues, nearly year-on-year,
to set vehicle flight records.
Recovery - Landing History
SpaceX begun its testing of booster landings in 2013. Now landings
are almost routine for the public.
Reuse - Most launches
The B1051 booster is the one who flew the most,
it was used for these missions: CCtCap Demo Mission 1, RADARSAT Constellation, Starlink-3, Starlink-6, Starlink-9 (v1.0) & BlackSky Global 5-6, Starlink-13 (v1.0), SXM-7, Starlink-16 (v1.0), Starlink-21 (v1.0), Starlink-27 (v1.0).
Payloads - Upmass
SpaceX has launched a total of 813 metric tons worth of
payloads into a variety of orbits, including interplanetary
missions. With Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, SpaceX is able to cover
most orbit and mission types. These payloads can have a variety of
masses, from the smallest cubesats which can weigh less than 1
kilogram, to huge comsats over 5 tonnes.
Starlink - In Space
SpaceX is developing a low latency, broadband internet system to
meet the needs of consumers across the globe. Enabled by a
constellation of low Earth orbit satellites, Starlink will provide
fast, reliable internet to populations with little or no
connectivity, including those in rural communities and places where
existing services are too expensive or unreliable.
Dragon - Missions
Dragon is SpaceX's orbital spacecraft, and has flown
30 times atop of a Falcon 9 rocket. In December
2010, Dragon became the first privately developed spacecraft to be
successfully recovered from orbit. Dragon 2 extends Dragon's ability
to carry not only cargo, but crew too.
People - Dragonriders
Dragon 2, developed as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Transportation
Capability (CCtCap) program, flew for the first time in May 2020. 10 different people were sent to space by SpaceX
Timelines - Elon Musk's Bet
In April 2009, Michael S. Malone revealed, while interviewing Elon
Musk, that the two had a bet that SpaceX would put a man on Mars by
"2020 or 2025". Musk has continued to reiterate this rough timeframe
since. This countdown clock expires on 1 January 2026, at 00:00 UTC.
No pressure, Elon.