Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) designs, manufactures and launches the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. Based in California, it was founded in 2002 by former PayPal entrepreneur Elon Musk with the aim of revolutionising space transportation. Its prototype rocket, Falcon 1, and the more powerful Falcon 9, were designed to be reusable, eventually taking humans into space and back again. SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners.

Unmanned SpaceX rocket destroyed shortly after liftoff

Unmanned SpaceX rocket destroyed shortly after liftoff

The Falcon 9 rocket was destroyed about two minutes after liftoff from Florida, claiming a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station. (Photo: AFP) 

Tuesday, 30 June, 2015, 4:36pm

SpaceX calls off landmark rocket launch at last minute

The Falcon 9 rocket to be launched by SpaceX on a cargo re-supply service mission to the International Space Station sits on launch pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Photo: Reuters

SpaceX on Tuesday aborted its Falcon 9 rocket launch at the last minute, postponing a landmark bid to open a new era of recycling rockets by landing a key part on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

7 Jan 2015 - 7:39am

SpaceX capsule arrives at International Space Station

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon capsule, lifts off from the Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday. Photo: Reuters

A privately-owned unmanned US space capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing to the space outpost food, scientific materials and other crucial equipment.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

SpaceX's Dragon capsule returns from historic ISS mission

The unmanned Dragon capsule during its splashdown a few hundred kilometres off the Baja California coast. Photo: AP

An unmanned space freighter carrying a stash of precious medical samples from the International Space Station has parachuted into the Pacific Ocean, completing the first official shipment under a billion-dollar contract with Nasa.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

SpaceX cargo ship reaches International Space Station

This image from NASA-TV shows the capture of the Dragon capsule by a robot arm on the International Space Station as they passed over the South Atlantic Ocean early on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station plucked a commercial cargo ship from orbit on Wednesday, a key manoeuvre in the first US supply run to the orbital outpost since the retirement of the cargo-hauling space shuttles last year.

10 Oct 2012 - 9:49pm

SpaceX rocket blasts off for International Space Station

Photo: EPA

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Sunday, launching the cargo-laden Dragon capsule into orbit en route to the International Space Station for Nasa’s first privately-run supply mission. The engine fires blazed a bright trail across the night sky over Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida – the site of many launches into space – after the on-time liftoff at 8.35pm (8.35am Hong Kong time).

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

SpaceX prepares for first Nasa resupply mission to space station

SpaceX made a test flight to the space station in May. Photo: AP

Rocket maker SpaceX is poised to return to the International Space Station with its Dragon spacecraft to carry out the first contracted cargo resupply flight in Nasa's history.

8 Oct 2012 - 4:43am