11 Dec 2023

SpaceX Leading on Launches

A chart by Chartr. SpaceX, which has a wide-ranging set of commercial interests beyond taking tourists to the edge of space, continues to move forward — with a tender offer reported last week that could value it at $175bn. Plans for thousands of internet satellites, commercial travel to the moon, a base on the lunar surface and even loftier goals to turn the human race into an interplanetary species by colonizing other planets, are all ambitions of the California-based company. SpaceX has catalyzed much of the excitement about space tourism. The company’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket is able to launch a kilogram into low-Earth orbit for just ~$1,500, a 10-20x decrease in cost in roughly as many years. That's due to its (partial) reusability — a breakthrough that’s helped SpaceX dominate commercial launchpads in the US. Indeed, FAA data reveals that SpaceX has completed 281 licensed launches since 2000 — 9x as many as Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic have managed between them. Source: Chartr


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