Engineering paper: A big picture

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Who is Elon Musk?

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Why is Elon the hottest tech investor?

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How does Elon’s rocket business compare to SpaceX?

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Elon’s SpaceX: A new frontier in spaceflight technology?

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What does Elon do to avoid rocket disasters?

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What do SpaceX’s rockets do?

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Why does Elon have a rocket company?

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What’s Elon’s secret sauce?

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX story timeline: July 1, 2019 – Musk announces his first SpaceX rocket launch and the first successful flight, on June 1, 2021.

July 2, 2019: Musk announces the launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket and its first successful orbital flight, with the rocket completing the mission on June 25, 2021, carrying the first human to orbit.

July 5, 2019, the day SpaceX launches its first commercial crewed mission to the International Space Station.

July 10, 2019- June 6, 2020: Musk unveils his Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) rocket.

SpaceX launches the first commercial resupply mission to orbit for NASA and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on July 13, 2020.

July 12, 2020- June 15, 2020 SpaceX launches Dragon capsule into orbit carrying NASA astronauts and NASA payloads for a five-day mission on the International Spaceport in Kazakhstan.

July 15, 2019 to June 23, 2020 – Musk’s Space Exploration Industries (Spacex) rocket launches Dragon spacecraft into orbit with NASA astronauts, including crew members, for a seven-day, seven-nation mission in the Pacific Ocean.

July 20, 2019 SpaceX launches Space Launch System (SLS) rocket into orbit for a six-day crewed launch in California.

SpaceX’s first test flight of a Falcon Heavy launcher for the Space Launch Vehicle (SLV) rocket is performed on April 18, 2020, during a test flight at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

SpaceX test launches Falcon Heavy for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which includes seven astronauts and three cargo missions.

July 21, 2019 Launch of Falcon Heavy in Florida, the first flight of the Space Exploration Technology Development (SpaceEx) rocket and the second flight of SpaceX’s SLS rocket.

July 22, 2019 Falcon Heavy lands in California’s Mojave Desert, completing the first test launch of SpaceX SLS rockets.

July 23, 2019 The first Falcon Heavy launches successfully from the Cape, with three crew members on board.

SpaceX conducts two more successful test flights, with two crew members aboard the first stage of the rocket, with another crew member aboard the second stage, and with a third crew member onboard the third stage of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle.

July 24, 2019 Crew members aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule prepare for liftoff from the Mojave Test Range in California, the second successful test flight from the Space Space Launch Complex 3 (SLC-3) at Cape Canaveral.

SpaceX completes two more test flights of the Dragon capsule for NASA in April 2020.

The company conducts its second test flight, completing three Falcon Heavy rockets, on September 15, 2018.

July 25, 2019 NASA launches its Space Launch Program (SSP) rocket with astronauts on board, the latest in a series of launches by the agency to boost international crewed missions to the space station.

July 28, 2019 Space Launch Vehicles (SLEV) launches the fourth SLS booster to the Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA launches the seventh SLS vehicle into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on January 6, 2019.

July 29, 2019 A SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule prepares for lif towing from the pad of the Cape for the first time, following the successful test launch on April 12, 2021 of the first Space Launch Systems (S3) booster.

July 30, 2019 Dragon crew members arrive at the pad at Kennedy Space Flight Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, following a successful test mission of the company’s second Falcon Heavy booster, marking the second of two Falcon Heavy flights for NASA.

SpaceX successfully launches the third Dragon cargo spacecraft on a SpaceX Space Launch vehicle (Slfv) in December 2019.

August 1, 2020 Dragon crew member Tania Khatib prepares for a landing at Cape Kennedy in Florida on the first of two missions for NASA to deliver supplies to the orbiting lab.

August 2, 2020 NASA launches Expedition 42 crew member Elena Platonova aboard the International Spatial-Intelligence Satellite (ISIS) mission for a mission to collect geospatial data from the International Geospatial-Information Agency (IGA).

August 3, 2020 Falcon Heavy lifts off for a first test firing

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