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First Falcon 1 Launch Attempt

(Nov 25, 2005)

The first Falcon 1 launch attempt that was scrubbed due to LOX boil off.

Falcon 1: First 5s Hot Fire Test

(May 27, 2005)

First 5 second hot fire test completed on Falcon 1 and Merlin at SLC 3W.

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Falcon 1 Development Completed

(Mar 31, 2005)

Falcon 1 completed a series of structural qualification tests, concluding development of the rocket.

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Merlin Development Completed

(Jan 14, 2005)

First full run qualification test of the Merlin engine completed.

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Falcon 1 Protovehicle

(Dec 03, 2003)

First Falcon 1 "protovehicle" unveiled in Washington D.C.

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First Merlin Test Firing

(Mar 01, 2003 - Mar 31, 2003)

Merlin test firing took place at the company's McGregor, Texas test lab in March, 2003, and Kestrel testing began soon after.

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Starlink-4

(Feb 17, 2020)

SpaceX successfully deployed 60 satellites for the Starlink constellation. This is the 5th launch of 60 Starlink satellites bringing to total to 300. While 300 satellites have been launched, not all of them are operational.

First stage recovery was unsuccessful. The first stage previously supported CRS-17 in May 2019, CRS-18 in July 2019, and JCSAT-18/Kacific1 in December 2019. No information on the status of "Of Course I Still Love You".

Recovery attempt for the fairing halves on GO MS. TREE and GO MS. CHIEF...

From Space.com: "The first stage made its way back to Earth. Unfortunately, we did not land the first stage on our drone ship," Jessie Anderson, a SpaceX manufacturing engineer, said during live commentary. " But it did make a soft landing on the water, right next to the drone ship, so it does look like it might be in one piece. "

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Starlink-3

(Jan 29, 2020)

SpaceX launches the fourth Starlink mission including 60 LEO satellites.

"Falcon 9’s first stage previously launched Crew Dragon on its first demonstration mission in March 2019 and the RADARSAT Constellation Mission in June 2019. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Approximately 45 minutes after liftoff, SpaceX’s two fairing recovery vessels, “Ms. Tree” and “Ms. Chief,” will attempt to recover the two fairing halves."

  • Successful landing of the first stage on "Of Course I Still Love You". This was the 49th successful landing of an orbital class booster.
  • Fairing half successfully caught by Ms. Tree, SpaceX's third successful recovery of a fairing half.
  • Fairing half recovery attempt by Ms. Chief was unsuccessful. Fairing made a soft landing in the water, will be retrieved and refurbished for reuse.
  • Successful deployment of all 60 satellites.

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Tesla IPO Filing

(Jan 29, 2010)

Tesla files for initial public offering.

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Ze'ev Drori Replaces Michael Marks as CEO

(Nov 27, 2007)

"Marks was replaced by Ze'ev Drori, the former CEO of car-alarm maker Clifford Electronics, on Nov. 27, 2007."

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Martin Eberhard Resigns as CEO

(Aug 08, 2007)

The Tesla board of directors asks Martin Eberhard, original CEO and cofounder, to resign as CEO. Eberhard takes the tiles of "President of Technology."

Eberhard was replaced by Michael Marks, previously the CEO for Flextronics for 13 years.

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Crew Demo-1 Launch

(Mar 02, 2019)

"At 2:49 a.m. EST on March 2, SpaceX launched Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight without crew on board the spacecraft is intended to demonstrate SpaceX’s capabilities to safely and reliably fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program."

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Crew Dragon Static Fire

(Nov 13, 2019)

SpaceX completed the static fire of the Crew Dragon that will be used in the in-flight abort test mission.

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In-flight Abort Mission Static Fire

(Jan 11, 2020)

SpaceX performed a full-duration static fire test of the Falcon 9 first stage in preparation for the Crew Dragon In-flight Abort Mission.

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In-flight Abort Demonstration

(Jan 18, 2020)

"NASA and SpaceX are preparing to launch the final, major test before astronauts fly aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The test, known as in-flight abort, will demonstrate the spacecraft’s escape capabilities — showing that the crew system can protect astronauts even in the unlikely event of an emergency during launch. The uncrewed flight test is targeted for 8 a.m. EST Saturday, Jan. 18, at the start of a four-hour test window, from Launch Complex 39A in Florida."

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