"At the beginning of starting SpaceX, I thought that the most likely outcome was failure."

SpaceX was founded in 2002 by serial entrepreneur Elon Musk with the initial goal of reinvigorating public attitudes towards space exploration. Since then, it has grown to over 4000 employees, with 2 active rockets, 1 ISS-resupplying spacecraft, and a burgeoning launch manifest. Now, 13 years later SpaceX is pioneering the development of reusable rockets, undertaking planning for their first astronauts, and setting course for Mars.

Here, you can track SpaceX's progress, countdown to upcoming launches right here, in real time. Scroll down for statistics, or navigate left and right using the white arrows for previous missions, and upcoming missions, respectively.

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Third Dragon CRS mission to the ISS. First resupply utilizing a Falcon 9v1.1, allowing Dragon to carry a larger capacity of cargo.

Launch Count

As of December 2013, SpaceX has launched 13 rockets (all from its sole rocket family, Falcon) to a variety of destinations, from LEO to the ISS to GEO; carrying scientific and commercial payloads along with Dragon under its commercial resupply contract with NASA.

Falcon 9 Launch Count

Falcon 9 is SpaceX's workhorse of the Falcon fleet, able to carry 13,150kg to LEO & 4,850kg to GTO. To date, it has launched on 8 occasions, predominantly lifting communications satellites and Dragon to the ISS. Designed to be thin enough to be carried on a flatbed truck; the pencil thin Falcon 9 at 3.7m wide is taller than the entire Space Shuttle stack, yet thinner than a Shuttle solid rocket booster.

FH Launch Count

Falcon Heavy is the world's most powerful rocket, pushing 4 million pounds of thrust (17.6MN) at liftoff, and is able to haul 53 metric tons to LEO - the equivalent of a fully loaded Boeing 737. Only the Saturn V has delivered more payload to orbit, yet it is a third of the cost of a Delta IV Heavy and has twice the performance. SpaceX is gearing up for the first flight of Falcon Heavy in 2014.

Falcon 1 Launch Count

Falcon 1, now retired, was SpaceX's original two stage rocket equipped with a single Merlin 1C engine - able to lift 670kg to LEO. Launched exclusively from Kwajalein, it was used for 5 flights, of which the first 3 failed. At the time of the first successful flight of Falcon 1 (flight 4), SpaceX was on the verge of bankruptcy.

Dragon Missions

Dragon - SpaceX's orbital spacecraft - has flown into space 4 times atop of a Falcon 9 rocket. On completion of its first mission in December 2010, Dragon became the first privately developed spacecraft to be successfully recovered from orbit. If required, Dragon can also be placed on top of Falcon Heavy. Future variants of Dragon are designed to carry crew and return propulsively to the launch site.


Under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services program, Dragon regularly lifts cargo to and returns cargo from the ISS as part of a 12-mission contract. SpaceX's valued contract contains both more missions at a cheaper price than a similar contract awarded to Orbital Sciences. As of January 2014, 2 of these missions have been completed.

Dragon Time in Space
55 7 19 7
Days Hours Minutes Seconds

Dragon's missions have become progressively longer during each flight. The first test flight of Dragon lasted just over 3 hours, while the most recent flight, CRS-2, ended up with a mission elapsed time in excess of 25 days. Dragon's total on-orbit endurance however is up to 2 years. The next Dragon flight (CRS-3) is scheduled for February 2014.

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KG Up KG Down

NASA's $1.6 billion CRS contract with SpaceX calls for 12 flights delivering a minimum of 20,000kg of cargo up to the station. Dragon remains the only spacecraft in service capable of returning large quantities of cargo from the Station to Earth.


Florida, specifically, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), is the launch site of Falcon 9 carrying Dragon towards the International Space Station, and the starting point for satellites heading into Geostationary Earth Orbit.


Vandenberg AFB Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) in California is SpaceX's departure point for satellites (mostly scientific and Earth observation) seeking a polar orbit around the Earth. SLC-4E was last used in 2005 for the final flight of the Titan IV rocket.


Omelek Island within the Kwajalein Atoll was SpaceX's first launch site and used exclusively to launch the Faclon 1. Far from other land, Kwajalein is surrounded by vast amounts of sea and open ocean, making it the perfect site to launch rockets. Ironically, this climate also led to the failure of the first Falcon 1 launch, during which the engine failed 25 seconds into flight due to a corroded bolt.

Merlin 1D Operating Time
76 12
Minutes Seconds

Merlin 1D is the 4th iteration of SpaceX's Merlin engine family. Using a mixture of RP-1 (Kerosene) and Liquid Oxygen (LOX), it achieves a thrust to weight ratio exceeding 150, the highest of any kerolox engine. It delivers 654 kN (147,000 lbs) of thrust with a specific impulse of 282 seconds at sea level, and 716 kN (161,000 lbs) of thrust with a specific impulse of 311 seconds in a vacuum. After the second Falcon 9 v1.1 flight, Elon Musk announced that Merlin 1D was actually operating at 85% of its potential, and anticipated to be able to increase the sea level thrust to 730 kN (165,000 lbs).

Merlin 1D Success Rate

To date, no Merlin 1D engine has ever failed in flight, yielding a perfect 100% success rate with 27 engines. Up to 2 Merlin 1D engines can fail on board Falcon 9's first stage, and Falcon 9 can still successfully complete a mission.

Astronauts - Current

No SpaceX astronauts are in orbit at this time. Currently, SpaceX is actively pursuing a human spaceflight program which will begin with a Dragon pad abort test in Spring 2014, followed by a Dragon in-flight abort test aboard a Falcon 9 in Summer 2014. Completion of these milestones under NASA's Commercial Crew program will allow SpaceX to fly its first astronauts in 2016, and to the ISS in 2017.

Astronauts - Cumulative

Currently, SpaceX is actively pursuing a human spaceflight program which will begin with a Dragon pad abort test in Spring 2014, followed by a Dragon in-flight abort test aboard a Falcon 9 in Summer 2014. The crewed version of Dragon, named DragonRider, will be able to carry up to 7 astronauts.

Primary Satellites

SpaceX has launched three primary payloads with large masses, all on Falcon 9 v1.1 vehicles. These are CASSIOPE, SES-8 & Thaicom, which weigh 500kg & 3,138kg & 3,325kg respectively. The former is a scientific and technology experiment mission for MDA Corporation of Canada and the latter two are both geostationary comunication satellites.

All Satellites

Over the course of 13 Falcon 9 & Falcon 1 missions, SpaceX has launched 24 satellites into Earth orbit, both successfully and unsuccessfully. The majority of these are nanosatellites and cubesats. In fact, on the Falcon 9 COTS 1 mission which lofted Dragon into the orbit for the first time, SpaceX deployed an additional 8 satellites. A close second is the inaugural launch of Falcon 9 v1.1 which lofted CASSIOPE into orbit along with 5 other secondary payloads.

Elon Musk's Bet Expires
Elon Musk's bet expires at 00:00 1 January 2026 UTC

In April 2009, Michael S. Malone revealed, while interviewing Elon Musk, that the two had a bet that SpaceX would put a man on Mars by "2020 or 2025". Musk has continued to reiterate this rough timeframe since. No pressure, Elon.

Reusability Development Flights

Grasshopper is an experimental vertical-takeoff vertical-landing suborbital rocket that SpaceX is using to test and develop the technologies needed to successfully return a Falcon rocket back to the launch site propulsively after separation; and consists of a Falcon 9 lower stage body and a single Merlin 1D engine. As of December 2013, it has made 8 flights, up to a height of 744 metres, with one flight including a 100m lateral diversion. It is expected to be replaced by 'F9R' which extends Grasshopper's flight profile into the transonic and supersonic regimes.


On 6 January 2014, SpaceX hardware achieved its farthest distance from Earth ever when Thaicom 6 and the Falcon 9 upper stage were boosted in a super-synchronous Geostationary Transfer Orbit around the Earth with an apogee of over 91,590km.

Quickest Turnaround
33 23 25 0
Days Hours Minutes Seconds

The time between Falcon 9 flights 7 & 8 for SES and Thaicom respectively set a record in 2013 & 2014 for quickest turnaround of a SpaceX vehicle. Previously Falcon 1 flights 3 & 4 in late 2008 held the record for over 5 years.

Mars Population Count

If a self-sustaining colony on Mars to make life multiplanetary is the goal - there's no better time to start than now. SpaceX eventually aims to, via its Mars Colonial Transporter mission architecture, transport people for Earth to Mars for as low as "$500,000" (relatively easy depending on how much lipstick you buy).

Vehicles Landed

Beginning in late-2014, SpaceX hopes for the first time ever to bring the lower stage of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle back to a landing site propulsively under its own power. Rapid reuse of rocket stages will reduce the cost of access to orbit. Dragon 2 will also land propulsively after returning from orbit. Eventually, SpaceX also hopes to return the upper stage of the Falcon 9 & Falcon Heavy back to a landing pad.

SpaceX V. ULA - 2014
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SpaceX V. ULA - 2013
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SpaceX V. ULA - 2012
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SpaceX V. ULA - All Time
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