What is SpaceX?
A: SpaceX is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company.
In 2001, Elon Musk conceptualized Mars Oasis, a project to do what?
A: Land a miniature experimental greenhouse and grow plants on
Musk tried to buy cheap rockets from Russia but returned empty-handed after what?
A: Failing to find rockets for an affordable price.
On the flight home what did Musk realize?
A: That he could start a company to build the affordable rockets he needed.
Where is SpaceX headquartered?
A: In Hawthorne, California.
In what year was it was founded?
A: In 2002.
Who founded it?
A: Elon Musk.
SpaceX was founded with what goal?
A: Reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars.
SpaceX has since developed what launch vehicle family?
What is the name of the spacecraft family?
A: The Dragon spacecraft family.
SpaceX's achievements include the first privately funded liquid-propellant rocket to do what?
A: To reach orbit (Falcon 1 in 2008).
SpaceX was the first private company to successfully launch, orbit, and recover a what?
A: Spacecraft (Dragon in 2010)
It was the first private company to send a spacecraft where?
A: To the International Space Station (Dragon in 2012).
It was the first propulsive landing for a what?
A: An orbital rocket (Falcon 9 in 2015).
It was the first reuse of a what?
A: An orbital rocket (Falcon 9 in 2017).
It was the first private company to launch an object into orbit around what?
A: The sun (Falcon Heavy's payload of a Tesla Roadster in 2018).
SpaceX has flown how many resupply missions to the International Space Station (ISS) under a partnership with NASA?
NASA also awarded SpaceX a further development contract in 2011 to develop and demonstrate a human-rated what?
A: Dragon, which would be used to transport astronauts to the ISS and return them safely to Earth.
SpaceX announced in 2011 that it was beginning a program to do what?
A: To develop a reusable launch system technology.
In December 2015, the first Falcon 9 was flown back to a landing pad near the launch site, where it successfully accomplished what?
A: A propulsive vertical landing.
In April 2016, with the launch of CRS-8, SpaceX successfully did what for the first time?
A: It vertically landed a first stage on an
ocean drone ship landing platform.
In May 2016, in another first, SpaceX again landed a first stage, but during what?
A: A significantly more energetic geostationary transfer orbit mission.
In March 2017, SpaceX became the first to successfully re-launch and land what?
A: The first stage of an orbital rocket.
When does SpaceX plan to launch its Dragon 2 spacecraft?
A: In late-2018.
In September 2016, CEO Elon Musk unveiled the mission architecture of what program?
A: The Interplanetary Transport System program.
What is the interplanetary transport system program?
A: It’s an ambitious privately funded initiative to develop spaceflight technology for use in crewed interplanetary spaceflight.
In 2017, Musk unveiled an updated configuration of the system, now named the BFR, which will be the what?
A: The largest rocket in history and it will be fully reusable when it debuts in the early 2020s.
BFR is the acronym for what?
A: Big Falcon Rocket.
SpaceX revealed on Twitter that the world’s first private passenger, has been signed to fly where?
A: Across the moon in the BFR rocket.
In early 2002, Musk was seeking what for his new space company, soon to be named SpaceX?
As of March 2018, SpaceX had how many launches on its manifest?
A: Over 100.
This represents about how much money in contract revenue?
A: About $12 billion.
Currently, SpaceX is the leading global commercial launch provider measured by what?
A: Manifested launches.
A major goal of SpaceX has been to develop a rapidly reusable what?
A: Launch system.
In 2015, SpaceX successfully landed the first orbital rocket on what date?
A: December 21, 2015.
To date, SpaceX has successfully landed how many boosters, Falcons, and Falcon Heavys?
A: 25, 9, and 2 respectively.
In 2017, SpaceX formed what subsidiary?
A: The Boring Company.
SpaceX currently manufactures how many broad classes of rocket engines in-house?
What are they?
A: The kerosene fueled Merlin engines, the methane fueled Raptor engines, and the hypergolic fueled Draco/SuperDraco vernier thrusters.
Which engine powers their two main space launch vehicles: the Falcon 9, and the Falcon Heavy?
A: The Merlin.
SpaceX manufactures the Dragon, a pressurized orbital spacecraft that is launched on top of a Falcon 9 booster to do what?
A: Carry cargo to low Earth orbit.