December 19, 2014 8:59 PM ET

Aerospace and Defense

Company Overview of Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Company Overview

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. operates as a space transportation company that designs, manufactures, and launches rockets and spacecraft. Its launch facilities provide access to a range of low and medium inclination orbits frequently used by communications and earth-observing satellites and by supply missions to the International Space Station; and to high inclination and polar orbits frequently used by satellite communication constellations, defense intelligence and earth-observing satellites, and lunar missions. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Hawthorne, California with additional offices in Houston, Texas; Chantilly, Virginia; and Washington, District of Columbia. I...

1 Rocket Road

Hawthorne, CA 90250

United States

Founded in 2002





Key Executives for Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Age: 42
President and Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 45
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Key Developments

NASA Selects SpaceX to Provide Launch Services for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Mission

NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission. TESS will launch aboard a Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle, with liftoff targeted for August 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The total cost for NASA to launch TESS is approximately $87 million, which includes the launch service, spacecraft processing, payload integration, tracking, data and telemetry, and other launch support requirements. TESS's science goal is to detect transiting exoplanets orbiting nearby bright stars. During a three-year funded science mission, TESS will sample hundreds of thousands of stars in order to detect a large sample of exoplanets, with an emphasis on discovering Earth- and super-Earth-sized planets in the solar neighborhood.

SpaceX Launches 3-D Printer, Astronaut Gear

SpaceX cargo ship rocketed toward the international space station, carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit. In all, the unmanned Dragon capsule is delivering more than 5,000 pounds of space-station supplies for NASA. Dragon should reach the space station. It's the fifth station shipment for the California-based SpaceX, one of two new commercial winners in the race to start launching Americans again from home soil. The space station was soaring over the South Pacific when the SpaceX Falcon 9 thundered into Florida's pre-dawn sky.

Space Exploration Technologies Launches AsiaSat 6 Satellite

The 45th Space Wing supported Space Exploration Technologies's launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 6 satellite here from Space Launch Complex 40 at 1 a.m. EDT Sept. 7. The Falcon 9 topped with the SpaceX fairing is 224.4 feet (68.4 meters) tall and 12 feet in diameter (the fairing is 17 feet in diameter). Its nine first-stage Merlin engines generate 1.3 million pounds of thrust at sea level, rising to 1.5 million pounds of thrust as Falcon 9 climbs out of the Earth's atmosphere. A combined team of military members, government civilians and contractors from Team Patrick-Cape provided vital launch support to the SpaceX mission, including weather forecasts, launch and range operations, security, safety and public affairs.

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