SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation and exploration, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Today, SpaceX is advancing the boundaries of space technology through its Falcon launch vehicles and Dragon spacecraft.
SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. The company made history again in May 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft attached to the International Space Station (ISS), exchanged cargo payloads, and returned safely to Earth—a technically challenging feat previously accomplished only by governments.
SpaceX is the world’s fastest-growing provider of launch services. The company has nearly 50 launches on its manifest, including commercial satellite launches and NASA missions.
SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners. The company has approximately 2,000 employees in California, Florida, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, DC.