7 Mind-Blowing Facts about SpaceX That Will Leave You Amazed!
1. SpaceX was founded in 2002 by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing the cost of space transportation and enabling the colonization of Mars.
2. The first rocket developed by SpaceX, the Falcon 1, successfully reached orbit on September 28, 2008, making SpaceX the first privately-funded company to send a liquid-fueled rocket into orbit.
3. The Falcon Heavy, which is currently the most powerful rocket in operation, can lift a maximum payload of 64 metric tons, or the equivalent of a fully loaded 737 jetliner.
4. SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft is the only spacecraft currently in operation capable of bringing significant amounts of cargo back to Earth.
5. The SpaceX spacesuit, which astronauts wear during launch and landing, was designed by Hollywood costume designer Jose Fernandez, who has worked on films such as The Avengers and Batman v Superman.
6. The first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket can be reused up to 10 times, dramatically reducing the cost of space transportation.
7. The SpaceX Starlink satellite internet service has already begun beta testing in several countries, providing high-speed internet access to rural and remote areas.