The number of completed missions by U.S. commercial space flight
company Space X has been on the rise recently. While the company that was founded by Elon Musk in 2002 only completed one or two missions each year between 2006 and 2012, that number started to climb to 21 completed missions in 2018.
In 2019, the company has only completed 8 launches so far, with the most recent on June 25, making it unlikely that Space X will top last year’s record count. Yet, the company also lists 36 upcoming missions on its website
, although without dates.
Space X provides commercial space flight services like satellite launches and space station supply flights and serves as a contractor for U.S. government scientific and national security missions. Today, the company was awarded a US$50 million contract by NASA to launch a satellite studying black holes. The takeoff is scheduled for 2021.