The objective of SpaceX is to design, manufacture and launch advanced rockets and spacecraft into orbit. The ultimate goal of the company is to revolutionize space technology and find solutions for enabling mankind to survive on other planets.
In 2012, SpaceX launched Falcon 9, a two-stage rocket designed to transport satellites and the Dragon capsule into orbit. The Dragon capsule was designed to haul cargo to and from the International Space Station, which proved successful. Falcon 9 has since made three deliveries from the International Space Station to NASA, landing SpaceX the achievement of becoming the first ever company to secure a privately built spacecraft to the International Space Station outpost. The company is devoted to using the Dragon capsule to eventually transfer astronauts to the orbiting outpost in low-Earth orbit.
As of 2012, SpaceX has a $1.6 billion deal with NASA to launch 12 cargo flights to the International Space Station. SpaceX is also credited for designing the Falcon Heavy, which is the most powerful operational rocket in the world. It is scheduled to lift off in 2016 with the intention of testing its ability to carry humans into space, particularly restoring the prospect of flying manned missions to the moon or Mars.