SpaceX was born in 2002, when its founder and billionaire Elon Musk took the first step of the grand ambition of sending a mission to Mars. Today, the company is far beyond the start-up stage of space.
The Hawthorne, California-based company regularly reuses rockets, uses its Dragon spacecraft to send cargo missions to the International Space Station, and will also transport astronauts to NASA and other agencies. SpaceX also launched a huge Falcon Heavy rocket, and plans to build larger rockets to reach the moon, Mars and beyond: the interstellar spacecraft and its super-heavy boosters.
Read more about the history of SpaceX rockets and spacecraft in the slides below.
Editor’s note: This story was first published on May 10, 2018 and updated on May 20, 2020.
Falcon 1
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Falcon 1 is the first rocket SpaceX made in the United States. It has a proposed capacity of 670 kg (1,480 lb) to low Earth orbit and will fly between 2006 and 2009.
After three failed launches, Falcon 1 sent a virtual payload into space in September. January 29, 2008. Its fifth and final launch took place on July 14, 2009, putting the Malaysian Earth observation satellite RazakSAT into orbit.
Falcon 1
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Falcon 1 rocket was launched from Omelek Island, which is part of Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. The 68-foot-tall (21-meter) rocket is powered by an engine (hence the name “1”) and is fueled by liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene.
If you are wondering, Musk named the Falcon rocket after the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars.
Falcon 9 under development
Falcon 9 under development
SpaceX soon received interest from several companies seeking heavier rockets. The company considered developing an intermediate rocket called Falcon 5, but instead skipped over and began investigating Falcon 9 (because its first stage uses a set of nine engines. The
rocket can send payloads into low Earth orbit, with a weight up to 28,991 lbs. (13,150 lbs. kg). It is a two-stage rocket, 230 feet (70 meters) high and 12 feet (3.7 meters) wide. SpaceX first published the Falcon 9 plan in 2005, and will launch the Falcon 9 debut on June 7. 2010, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Florida. The
rocket’s first customers were Bigelow Aerospace; Avanti Communications; and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates. Reuse of
Reuse of Falcon 9 Rocket
Since the beginning of Falcon 9 history, SpaceX has been interested in reusing the first stage of the rocket to save launch costs.
However, the first landing test was unsuccessful. SpaceX tried to control the thruster landing during the first, second, and sixth launches of the Falcon 9, but in each case, the stage fell into the sea. You can see some super screenshots of SpaceX’s failed landings below.

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