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El gráfico muestra el número de vuelos espaciales comerciales desde 2000.
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SpaceX lidera los vuelos espaciales comerciales

By Ninian Carter

December 19, 2023 - SpaceX lidera por un amplio margen a los operadores de vuelos espaciales comerciales, habiendo lanzado 239 vuelos desde 2008, 90 de ellos tan solo en 2023. Ha habido un total de 494 vuelos comerciales de EUA desde 2000.

Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX leads the field of commercial space flight operators by a long margin, launching 281 flights since 2008 – most of which took off in the last three years.

Other notable billionaire space pioneers include Richard Branson with 20 launches of his Virgin Galactic and now defunct Virgin Orbit launch vehicles, and Jeff Bezos with 17 launches of his Blue Origin rockets.

SpaceX has also become a valuable launch partner for the U.S. government and NASA, currently holding a multibillion-dollar contract with the latter to develop the massive Starship rocket into a lunar lander capable of delivering astronauts to the moon.

A recent increase in heavy launch frequency, particularly at SpaceX, is accelerating a fall in costs – a one kilogram package can be now sent into low-Earth orbit for just $1,500.

SpaceX, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, is the world’s second-most valuable privately held startup with a valuation of $180 billion – China’s ByteDance is the most valuable at $225 billion.

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PUBLISHED: 19/12/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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