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Last Updated : Sep 17, 2018 07:51 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

10 things you probably did not know about SpaceX

The brainchild of serial entrepreneur Elon Musk-SpaceX is one of the biggest private aerospace manufacturers in the world today. In 2017, they created history by becoming the first company to complete 18 successful launches. Here are 10 more facts that you probably didn't know about SpaceX

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Humble beginnings | The Elon Musk-led company was not always about launching powerful rockets into space, they first started out in the satellite business. (Image: Reuters)
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Humble beginnings | The Elon Musk-led company was not always about launching powerful rockets into space, they first started out in the satellite business. (Image: Reuters)

Plans to make humans a multi-planetary species | In 2002, when Elon Musk started Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), the company's primary aim was to revolutionise space technology and enable the colonisation of Mars. (Image: SpaceX)
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Plans to make humans a multi-planetary species | In 2002, when Elon Musk started Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), the company's primary aim was to revolutionise space technology and enable the colonisation of Mars. (Image: SpaceX)

NASA's contract with SpaceX | NASA gave SpaceX a contract for building spacecrafts that are safe, reliable and cost-effective to carry astronauts to and from International Space Station (ISS) through a public-private approach. With its reusable cargo spacecraft, Dragon, the company will send six astronauts to ISS between 2019 and 2024. The contract is reportedly worth $2.6 billion. (Image: SpaceX)
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NASA's contract with SpaceX | NASA gave SpaceX a contract for building spacecrafts that are safe, reliable and cost-effective to carry astronauts to and from International Space Station (ISS) through a public-private approach. With its reusable cargo spacecraft, Dragon, the company will send six astronauts to ISS between 2019 and 2024. The contract is reportedly worth $2.6 billion. (Image: SpaceX)

An ode to 'Star Wars' | The company's first rocket, Falcon 1 was named after Musk's favourite sci-fi movie Star Wars' Millennium Falcon. (Image: SpaceX)
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An ode to 'Star Wars' | The company's first rocket, Falcon 1 was named after Musk's favourite sci-fi movie Star Wars' Millennium Falcon. (Image: SpaceX)

Making space a private affair | In 2010, SpaceX became the first private company to successfully launch, orbit, and return a spacecraft to Earth. (Image: SpaceX)
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Making space a private affair | In 2010, SpaceX became the first private company to successfully launch, orbit, and return a spacecraft to Earth. (Image: SpaceX)

Building from scratch | To keep control on quality and price, nearly 80 percent of the company's rocket parts are manufactured in-house. A study conducted by the US Air Force and NASA found that the cost of building Falcon 9, which is around $440 million, is a third of what it would cost NASA to build the same spacecraft. (Image: SpaceX)
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Building from scratch | To keep control on quality and price, nearly 80 percent of the company's rocket parts are manufactured in-house. A study conducted by the US Air Force and NASA found that the cost of building Falcon 9, which is around $440 million, is a third of what it would cost NASA to build the same spacecraft. (Image: SpaceX)

Blast from the past | In June 2015, SpaceX launched a Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 on a resupply mission to the ISS. However, in just 2 minutes and 19 seconds into the flight, the spacecraft exploded due to a loss of helium pressure. Luckily, no human was onboard. After 18 successful launches, this was the first spacecraft by SpaceX that failed. (Image: Reuters)
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Blast from the past | In June 2015, SpaceX launched a Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 on a resupply mission to the ISS. However, in just 2 minutes and 19 seconds into the flight, the spacecraft exploded due to a loss of helium pressure. Luckily, no human was onboard. After 18 successful launches, this was the first spacecraft by SpaceX that failed. (Image: Reuters)

Apart from rockets SpaceX also sells dreams | SpaceX has a 12-week University Internship Program. The company claims that the year-round program is an "unparalleled opportunity to play a direct role in transforming space exploration and helping us realize the next evolution of humanity as a multi-planetary species". The interns form an integral part of the team working across all engineering functions and business operations. (Image: Reuters)
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Apart from rockets SpaceX also sells dreams | SpaceX has a 12-week University Internship Program. The company claims that the year-round program is an "unparalleled opportunity to play a direct role in transforming space exploration and helping us realize the next evolution of humanity as a multi-planetary species". The interns form an integral part of the team working across all engineering functions and business operations. (Image: Reuters)

The Marvel connect | The 2010 American superhero film, Iron Man 2 was shot at SpaceX's factory in Hawthorne, California. Director Jon Favreau said that Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of the tech-forward Tony Stark was inspired by Elon Musk, who played a cameo in the movie. (Image: Reuters)
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The Marvel connect | The 2010 American superhero film, Iron Man 2 was shot at SpaceX's factory in Hawthorne, California. Director Jon Favreau said that Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of the tech-forward Tony Stark was inspired by Elon Musk, who played a cameo in the movie. (Image: Reuters)

The most powerful rocket in the world | In February 2018, SpaceX made history by launching Falcon Heavy, carrying Musk's personal Tesla Roadster, into space. The spacecraft has the highest payload capacity of any operational launch vehicle that is currently deployed. It also has the fourth-highest payload capacity rocket to ever exist after NASA's Saturn V and the Soviet Energia and N1. (Image: Reuters)
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The most powerful rocket in the world | In February 2018, SpaceX made history by launching Falcon Heavy, carrying Musk's personal Tesla Roadster, into space. The spacecraft has the highest payload capacity of any operational launch vehicle that is currently deployed. It also has the fourth-highest payload capacity rocket to ever exist after NASA's Saturn V and the Soviet Energia and N1. (Image: Reuters)

First Published on Sep 17, 2018 07:51 am
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