SpaceX buys a 10% stake in Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., which builds small satellites
U.S. Air Force contract
The company is awarded a $100 million contract with the U.S. Air Force to provide launch vehicles for various projects
1st Falcon 1 test flight fails
The first flight test of the Falcon 1 rocket ends in failure due to a fuel line rupture
SpaceX gets NASA COTS contract
SpaceX is awarded a Commercial Orbital Transportation Services contract from NASA, worth $278 million in seed money, to shuttle cargo and crew to the International Space Station
2nd Falcon 1 test flight fails
The second test flight of Falcon 1 rocket ends in failure
SpaceX wins NASA launch services contract
The company is awarded a NASA Launch Services contract for Falcon 1 and 9 rockets, potentially worth up to $1 billion.
3rd Falcon 1 test flight fails
The third test flight of Falcon 1 rocket ends in failure, with the rocket spinning out of control
4th Falcon 1 test flight succeeds
The fourth test flight of Falcon 1 rocket succeeds in reaching orbit, the first privately funded liquid rocket to do so
SpaceX wins NASA CRS contract
SpaceX wins a Commercial Resupply Services contract from NASA to provide at least 12 missions carrying supplies and crew to the International Space Station, worth $1.6 billion
SpaceX launches first private satellite
SpaceX launches its first low-Earth orbiting satellite, the private Malaysian RazakSAT, using a Falcon 1 booster
1st Falcon 9 test flight
SpaceX launches the first flight of its Falcon 9 heavy lift rocket, which successfully reaches low-Earth orbit.
SpaceX wins Iridium contract
The company lands a $492 million contract with satellite operator Iridium, which provides mobile and data services, the largest-ever commercial space launch deal.
2nd Falcon 9 test flight
SpaceX becomes the first private company to successfully launch, orbit, and recover a spacecraft around the Earth.
Groundbreaking for space launch complex
The company breaks ground on new pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base space launch complex, which will be used to launch the Falcon 9 rocket. The company hopes to have 16 flights per year from this site by 2015
SpaceX is reportedly worth roughly $1.3 billion
Planned launch of Dragon to ISS
SpaceX plans to launch its Dragon spaceship to dock with the International Space Station
Planned launch of 1st geostationary satellite
SpaceX plans to launch its first geostationary satellite using a Falcon 9 rocket. The flight will carry the SES-8, a medium-sized communications satellite, for the SES S.A., a European satellite operator.
SpaceX expects to have an initial public offering.
First human crew expected
First human crew expected to launch to the International Space Station aboard the Dragon spacecraft. Elon Musk originally stated in 2009 and 2010 that he expected to have a human-rated version of Dragon within 2 to 3 years, but that was pushed back.
1st Falcon Air test flight
SpaceX expects first test launch of their Falcon Air rocket â€" an rocket launched from an aircraft designed in collaboration with Stratolaunch Systems â€" sometime this year or later.
Planned NASA Mars probe launch
The company plans to launch a NASA robotic probe to Mars.
Human mission to Mars
2021-04-27 - 2031-04-27
Elon Musk has stated that he hopes to land a human on Mars within this time frame.