The company’s rockets are ferrying astronauts, launching satellites and dominating any competition
Satellite operators and government agencies doing business in space are increasingly dependent on one company to help them reach orbit: Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
SpaceX has cornered much of the rocket-launch market, with a proven fleet of reusable rockets that can fly at a pace that rivals can’t match—and at lower prices. The company’s rockets powered 66% of customer flights from American launch sites in 2022, and handled 88% in the first six months of this year, according to launch data compiled by Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist who tracks space activity.
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Photo: SpaceX used a Falcon 9 rocket to launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts on board to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center last October. JOEL KOWSKY/NASA VIA GETTY IMAGES