Type Private
Industry Aerospace
Founded 2002
Founder(s) Elon Musk
Headquarters Hawthorne, California, USA
Key people

Elon Musk (CEO and CTO) Gwynne Shotwell (President) Tom Mueller Co-Founder and VP of Propulsion

Services Orbital rocket launch, Translunar and interplanetary travel.
Employees > 33,000 (2013)

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, is a space transport and tourist company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by former PayPal entrepreneur Elon Musk. It has developed the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 interplanetryvehicles, both of which were designed from conception to eventually carrying tourists. SpaceX also developed the Dragon spacecraft to be land on non-earth bodies by the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, initially transporting cargo and later carry humans. On 25 May 2012, SpaceX made history as the world's first privately held company to send a payload, carried on the Dragon spacecraft, to the American base on Mars.

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