Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is a company of American origin, which was founded by Elon Musk, with the aim of reducing the costs of traveling to space and facilitating the colonization of the planet Mars.
This company became very popular lately because in 2020 a ship, the Crew Dragon Demo-2, was launched into space, which was aimed at the International Space Station. Currently this private aerospace company is one of the most important in the world.
Therefore, we tell you 5 things you should know about SpaceX:
1. Founded by Elon Musk
This company was founded in 2002 by businessman Elon Musk, who is known worldwide for creating Tesla, a company that is dedicated to making electric cars. SpaceX has the objective of reducing the costs of space transportation so that in this way the planet Mars can be colonized and allow the development of space tourism.
SpaceX has been tasked with developing Falcon launch vehicles and Dragon spacecraft, both of which currently deliver payloads to Earth orbit.
2. Private company
One of the things that distinguishes this private company is that it is the first to take a spacecraft to the International Space Station and launch an object into orbit around the sun.
One of SpaceX’s future plans to have a worldwide constellation of satellites that can provide internet services for people on Earth, in addition to putting humans on Mars in the next decade.
SpaceX was first established in a 75,000-square-foot warehouse located in El Segundo, California. At that time, Elon Musk decided to make the first rocket of his company under the name Falcon 1, alluding to the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars.
3. Not listed on the stock exchange
One of the peculiarities of this company is that it is not listed on the stock market, although it is estimated that if an initial public offering of SpaceX shares were made at this time, it would reach a market capitalization of 25,000 million dollars.
One of the reasons it is not listed on the stock exchange is that its owner, Elon Musk, said his intentions to colonize Mars could be thwarted by accepting short-term investments that only want to generate profits.
4. NASA contract
In the year 20014 NASA awarded two millionaire contracts to two companies, one of them was SpaceX, this with the purpose of creating its own version of the Crew Dragon, a space vehicle that at that time was already flying with cargo to and from the Space Station International.
It is expected that this company will have six more missions to the International Space Station, all this to fulfill the USD 2.6 billion contract with NASA.
Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were the astronauts who manned the mission with which SpaceX and NASA inaugurated the era of commercial space flight. The two left Florida for the International Space Station (ISS) to join the Russian-American crew.
The numbers for these two astronauts are impressive:
Doug Hurley has spent a total of 28 days and 11 hours in space. Bob Behnken has a cumulative 29 days and 12 hours.
Now that you know a little more about SpaceX and the accomplishments it has had so far, you can get an idea of how important it can be to accomplish great feats together with NASA.
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