Aerospace and Defense
Company Overview of Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company's products include Falcon 9, a two-stage rocket and Dragon, a free-flying spacecraft. Space Exploration Technologies Corp. was founded in 2002 and is based in Hawthorne, California.
1 Rocket Road
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Founded in 2002
Key Executives for Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Rocket Designer
President and Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer and President of Strategic Acquisitions Group
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Propulsion Chief Technology Officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Key Developments
SpaceX Demonstrates Astronaut Escape System for Crew Dragon Spacecraft
May 6 15
SpaceX demonstrated astronaut escape system for crew dragon spacecraft. A loud whoosh, faint smoke trail and billowing parachutes marked a demonstration by SpaceX of its Crew Dragon spacecraft abort system an important step in NASA's endeavor to rebuild America's ability to launch crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil. The successful test of the spacecraft's launch escape capabilities proved the spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the unlikely event of a life-threatening situation on the launch pad. The engines fired for about six seconds, instantly producing about 15,000 pounds of thrust each and lifting the spacecraft out over the Atlantic Ocean before jettisoning its trunk, as planned, and parachuting safely into the ocean. The test lasted about two minutes from engine ignition to splashdown. The flight test is a vital milestone in the company's development effort and furthers its plan to meet a major requirement for the next generation of piloted spacecraft - an escape system that can quickly and safely take crew members away from their rocket while on the pad and through their ascent to orbit. SpaceX can use the test data to help refine its aerodynamic and performance models, and its design, to help ensure crew safety throughout all phases of flight. The test was the first with a full-size developmental spacecraft using a complete set of eight SuperDraco engines in the demanding real-world conditions of a pad abort situation. SpaceX built the SuperDracos for pad and launch abort use. Each engine, the chambers of which are 3-D printed, burns hypergolic propellants monomethylhydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide.
SpaceX Launches a Falcon 9 Rocket Carrying the ABS 3Asatellite for Asia Broadcast Satellite
Mar 3 15
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the ABS 3Asatellite for Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and the Eutelsat 115 West B satellite for Eutelsat. The two Boeing-built, all-electric spacecraft launched as a conjoined stack, mark the first part of a four satellite, two launch, multi-party agreement ABS and Eutelsat negotiated with Boeing and SpaceX.
SES Announces Two Launch Agreements with SpaceX
Feb 25 15
SES announced an agreement with SpaceX to launch two new satellites in 2017 – SES-14 and SES-16/GovSat – using the Falcon 9 rocket. SES had announced the order of the two new satellites last week. SES-14 is a hybrid satellite to be positioned at 47.5/48 degrees West with C- and Ku-band wide beam coverage, as well as Ku- and Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) coverage, across the Americas and the North Atlantic region. The satellite will fully rely on electric propulsion and will be equipped with an electric plasma propulsion system for orbit raising and in-orbit maneuvers. SES-14 will bring additional capacity to serve growing Direct-to-Home and Direct-to-Cable video neighbour hoods in the Americas and support existing VSAT services in both bands. The multi-spot Ku- and Ka-band beams will deliver additional, high throughput capacity and are ideal for traffic-intensive data applications such as mobile backhaul, maritime and aeronautical services. SES-16/GovSat has been ordered by LuxGovSat, a new company jointly incorporated by SES and the Luxembourg government, and will be positioned at 21.5 degrees East. It is a multi-mission satellite using dedicated military frequencies (X-band and military Ka-band) to provide high-powered and fully steerable spot beams for multiple government-specific missions. The satellite will cover Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Luxembourg government has pre-committed to a significant amount of capacity on the new satellite in support of its NATO obligations; the remaining capacity will be commercialized with governmental and institutional customers. The next SES satellite to be launched is SES-9, due later this year on Falcon 9. The spacecraft will be positioned at the orbital slot of 108.2 degrees East, will provide incremental as well as replacement capacity and will be co-located with the existing SES-7 and NSS-11 satellites. The satellite will expand SES’s capabilities in the provision of DTH broadcasting and other communications services in Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia, as well as maritime communications for vessels in the Indian Ocean.
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