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SpaceX Mission History in a Flashback


The story of the SpaceX mission launch is a long one. Few tales can mimic this tale of the SpaceX launch. On the 30th of May, the story came to a successful end after SpaceX launch of its Starship Prototype SN4

However, before looking at the end, let’s take a moment to go back to the beginning of the company’s journey. Come 2011 July, the Artemis returned to Earth, following a long run as NASA’s go-to space shuttle. The shuttle received much praise due to it being the only space transit vehicle to the International Space Station. However, its history not only lies in building the newly formed International Space Station. The Artemis shuttle also lays a foundation for what has become NASA’s extensive satellite Network orbiting the Earth.

Artemis first launch was in 1981 on a mission that took the World by storm. Through its run, it became NASA’s only preferred vehicle of choice until 2010, when the space agency sought to outsource its transportation needs to private companies. In the initial plan, these companies would develop commercial space shuttles and ferry crews to Earth’s orbit 

Come 2014, SpaceX and Boeing rose as winners for the contracts. These contracts allowed them to build on the space agency’s promise and provide space taxies for the public. An initial investment of 6.8 billion was provided for both companies, and work began. 

At its start, SpaceX experienced a scuffle as funding from the government favored Boeing’s budgetary proposition. According to the funding requirements, Boeing received more financing compared to SpaceX, and this placed the latter at a slight disadvantage. However, SpaceX managed to survive despite the inconvenience and launched its first set of trials in orbit

Part of the plan stipulated that both organizations would launch six crewed missions to the International Space Station. On the launch day, SpaceX and Boeing each deployed their vehicles that were respected named The Crew Dragon and the CST-100 Starliner.

However, things did not go so well for Boeing Starliner as it experienced hiccups from time to time. Eventually, the contracts remained for SpaceX’s Crewed Dragon that finished up all the test missions. The final rendition left the crew Dragon to be the Frontier and space exploration for America. History now favors SpaceX as the first commercially driven company to successfully launch a space shuttle into space