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SpaceX (Firm)

LC control no.no2014023926
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Corporate name headingSpaceX (Firm)
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Variant(s)Space Exploration Technologies Corporation
Beginning date2002
LocatedHawthorne (Calif.)
Found inSpaceX: making commercial spaceflight a reality, 2013: page 1 (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX)
SpaceX, via WWW, Febraury 20, 2014 (SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft; the company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets; 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, exchanged cargo payloads, and returned safely to Earth; 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 more than 3,000 employees at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California, launch facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, a rocket-development facility in McGregor, Texas, and offices in Houston, Texas; Chantilly, Virginia; and Washington, DC)
Wikipedia, February 20, 2014 (SpaceX; Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, is a space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California; it was founded in 2002 by former PayPal entrepreneur and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk; SpaceX was founded for the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mar0; it has developed the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles, both of which were designed from conception to eventually become reusable; SpaceX also developed the Dragon spacecraft, which are flown into orbit by the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, initially transporting cargo and later planned to carry humans to the International Space Station and other destinations)