Upcoming - Crew-2

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SpaceX launches the second operational mission of its Crew Dragon vehicle as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, carrying NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Thomas Pesquet, and Akihiko Hoshide to the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon lift off from LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center. Both the booster and the capsule have flown previously, each a first for a commercial crew flight. The booster for this mission is expected to land on an ASDS. The mission will be complete with the safe return of the astronauts to Earth.

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 - Boosters Landed

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For SpaceX to succeed at reducing the cost of getting payload to orbit, reusability of launch vehicles is imperative. The first phase of this involves returning the first stage of the rocket back safely to Earth intact - an incredibly difficult task involving a combination of three burns that must be executed perfectly.

Reuse - Reused flights

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Once on the ground, the booster must be able to be refurbished and reflown in minimal time and with minimal cost. Only then can they be reflown, reducing launch costs significantly.

Payloads - Upmass

SpaceX has launched a total of 723 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.

Dragon - Missions

Dragon is SpaceX's orbital spacecraft, and has flown 28 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

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Dragon 2, developed as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) program, flew for the first time in May 2020. 6 different people were sent to space by SpaceX

Timelines - Elon Musk's Bet

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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.