Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will serve as the launching pad for two SpaceX communications satellite missions in 2017 and 2018, the private rocket and spacecraft firm announced yesterday from its California operations center.
With these additions, SpaceX will have over 60 missions on manifest representing over $7 billion under contract.
"We are pleased to add these additional launches to our manifest," SpaceX president and Chief Operations Officer Gwynne Shotwell said. "The diversity of our missions and customers represents a strong endorsement of our capabilities and reflects SpaceX’s efforts to provide a breadth of launch services to our growing customer base."
America's gateway to space, also popularly known as Cape Kennedy from 1963 to 1973, is an installation of the United States Air Force Space Command's 45th Space Wing, headquartered at nearby Patrick Air Force Base. A notable American landmark, it has launched many historical achievements — the first U.S. Earth satellite, U.S. astronaut and U.S. astronaut in orbit; first two-and three-man U.S. spacecrafts, and first U.S. unmanned lunar landing.
Cape Canaveral was also the launch site for all crafts to first fly past each of the planets in the solar system, to orbit and land on Mars and Venus, to orbit Saturn and Mercury, and to leave the solar system.
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Today, SpaceX is advancing the boundaries of space technology through its Falcon launch vehicles and Dragon spacecraft.
SpaceX is owned by its management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Valor Equity Partners, Google and Fidelity. The company employs over 4,000 in California, Florida, Texas, Washington, D.C., and the state of Washington.