Aerospace | Founded: 2002 | Funding to Date: $5.24B
Space Exploration Technologies (“SpaceX”) was founded to design, manufacture, and launch advanced rockets and spacecrafts with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Headquartered in Hawthorne, CA, the company was founded by Elon Musk in 2002. Though its interplanetary goals are yet to be achieved, the company currently generates revenue through commercial and government contracts. These contracts make use of SpaceX rockets for a range of objectives, including launching satellites into orbit and resupplying the International Space Station. In 2010, SpaceX demonstrated its ability of returning a spacecraft from low Earth orbit. In 2012, the company delivered cargo to and from the International Space Station via its Dragon spacecraft. Through March 2018, SpaceX has secured 100 missions to its manifest, representing over $12 billion on contract.