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All of Elon Musk’s Falcon 1 SpaceX rockets so far in pictures

There is perhaps no person more closely associated with humanity’s mission to explore space than Elon Musk.

As SpaceX’s founder and CEO, Musk has overseen the development of hundreds of launches — some more successful than others.

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Elon Musk is the richest man in the world with a net worth of $265 billion

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SpaceX is the second largest private company in the world with an estimated value of over $100 billion.

They manufacture, launch and use rockets and charge $55 million for a commercial ticket.

Here’s a catalog of the best models and the most catastrophic failures of all 160 SpaceX launches.

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falcon 1

The Falcon 1 was SpaceX's first big stage success

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The Falcon 1 was SpaceX’s first big stage successPhoto credit: Spacex

The Falcon rocket family was named after Luke Skywalker’s Millennium Falcon.

The Falcon 1 design was used for five launches, two were successful and three failed.

On the third launch, the rocket malfunctioned after separating from the first booster and failing to reach orbit.

The Falcon 1 made history on September 28, 2008 when it became the first privately developed rocket in orbit.

Falcon 9v1.1

The Falcon 9v1.1 was an improvement over previous versions of the Falcon 1

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The Falcon 9v1.1 was an improvement over previous versions of the Falcon 1Photo credit: YouTube
The rocket exploded during a landing

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The rocket exploded during a landingPhoto credit: YouTube

Nobody said it would be easy to go to space and use the same rocket to do it.

SpaceX has had a string of successes lately with successful launches and government contracts, but when you’re working with rocket fuel, explosions happen.

The Falcon 9v1.1 never landed successfully.

grasshopper

The Grasshopper completed eight test flights between 2012 and 2013

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The Grasshopper completed eight test flights between 2012 and 2013Photo credit: Spacex

The Grasshopper is a now decommissioned SpaceX prototype that provided important insights for the landing of a rocket.

During testing, the Grasshopper climbed up to 2,441 feet in the air and came to a safe landing, proving that missiles can be reused.

Musk used the Grasshopper to correct a statement made by rival billionaire Jeff Bezos Twitter.

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The Falcon 9 runs on liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1).

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The Falcon 9 runs on liquid oxygen (LOX) and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1).Credit: AFP or Licensor
Nine SpaceX-designed engines will give the Falcon 9 almost two million pounds of thrust at launch

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Nine SpaceX-designed engines will give the Falcon 9 almost two million pounds of thrust at launchPhoto credit: AFP

The Falcon 9 is the first reusable rocket of its kind – it made history as the first orbital rocket to land and launch again in 2017.

In the years since, the Falcon 9 has pioneered sustainability in the space industry – an iteration of the spacecraft, model B1051, has made headlines for its dusty appearance after 10 space trips and a few cleanings.

As for recent work, a Falcon 9 rocket just launched a delivery of 53 Starlink satellites into lower Earth orbit.

falcon heavy

Two of the Falcon Heavy's three cores are visible

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Two of the Falcon Heavy’s three cores are visiblePhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
The Falcon Heavy weighs over three million pounds

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The Falcon Heavy weighs over three million poundsPhoto credit: AFP-Getty

The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket developed to date.

The SpaceX site boasts that the rocket “can lift more than twice the payload of the next-nearest operational vehicle” and generates more than five million pounds of thrust to propel the mighty ship to earth-bending speeds.

The Falcon Heavy had its first test launch in 2018 and later ejected during flight the Tesla vehicle it was carrying on board – Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster will orbit the cosmos for centuries, with the phrase “Made on Earth by Humans” engraved on it . Hyphen.

The Falcon Heavy’s specs — three cores and 27 engines — mean the rocket can carry nearly 40,000 pounds of payload to Mars.

Falcon Heavy has launched three times and will carry the first components for the Gateway space station to the moon in 2024.

spaceship

The spaceship has a clamshell hatch at the top for offloading cargo such as satellites or large telescopes

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The spaceship has a clamshell hatch at the top for offloading cargo such as satellites or large telescopesPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

The Starship spacecraft is designed to fly SpaceX’s most ambitious interplanetary missions.

In the Starship User Guide, the company writes “the Starship crew
Configuration can transport up to 100 people from Earth
in [low Earth orbit] and on to the moon and Mars.”

Musk has been open about his aspirations to colonize the Moon and Mars — in 2019 he has tweeted “One day Starship will land on the rusty sands of Mars.”

The spacecraft is scheduled to take Japanese mogul Yusaku Maezawa and a space tourism crew on a lunar flyby during a week-long voyage in 2023.

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Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 with capital he earned from PayPal’s IPO.

The company celebrated its 20th anniversary on May 6 by launching its 17th rocket this year, leaving a “space jellyfish” in the sky.

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