Yasuka Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire, has already bought the first Starship crewed flight to go around the Moon with artists.
Cargo landing on Mars2024
Two cargo Starships will be launched towards Mars to prove that Earth landing technologies also work on Mars.
First orbital launch2022
SpaceX will test Starship in Earth's upper atmosphere, to validate a heat shielding technology and to prove that second stages can also be safely landed and reused.
First stacking of Starship on top of Super Heavy06 Aug 2021
For the first time, the full rocket system was stacked on the Boca Chica launchpad.
First Starship successfuly landing05 May 2021
After 4 failed landing attempts, SpaceX successfuly landed Starship SN15.
Starship Mk1 test failure20 Nov 2019
The first Starship prototype failed during a tank pressurization test. The team then decided to focus their efforts on the Mk3 prototype.
Starship Mk1 presentation28 Sep 2019
SpaceX unveiled its first prototype of the Starship, with the goal of doing a 20km-high flight with it.
Starhopper 150m hop27 Aug 2019
The Starhopper prototype made a 150 meters hop, allowing SpaceX to validate the engine control and landing algorithms.
Starship orbital prototypes construction starts14 May 2019
SpaceX has started building two high fidelity Starship prototypes: one in Florida, one in Texas. The first team to reach orbit and come back on land is the winner.
First full-scale Raptor engine test04 Feb 2019
The Raptor engine was tested at full power for the first time.
Starhopper construction starts20 Dec 2018
SpaceX contracted a water tower company to rapidly assemble a working Starship prototype to test its Raptor engine in real flight conditions.
First Starship customer17 Sep 2018
SpaceX announced its first crewed flight, targeting 2023 for a flight around the Moon. The crew will be composed of several artists lead by Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire.
Tooling for the rocket body delivered09 Apr 2018
SpaceX received its first tool and started to manufacture carbon fiber tanks under a tent in Los Angeles. This tool was later scrapped because SpaceX chose to replace carbon fiber with stainless steel, a cheaper and more adapted material.
Project downscaled29 Sep 2017
To make the project more sustainable by making the rocket pay for itself, SpaceX downscaled the size of the rocket from a 12 meters diameter to a 9 meters one.
Elon Musks reveals SpaceX's plan for Mars28 Sep 2016
The Starship (known at the time as the "Interplanetary Transport System") was unveiled for the first time while setting the aspirational goal of launching human crew to Mars by 2024.
First rocket landing22 Dec 2015
For the first time, SpaceX succeeds in landing the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket.
Raptor engine development starts2012
SpaceX begins to design a methalox engine more powerful and capable than the Merlin-1D engine of the Falcon 9.
Elon Musk's betApril 2009
During an interview, Elon Musk made a bet that SpaceX would put a man on Mars by "2020 or 2025". Musk has continued to reiterate this rough timeframe since.
Falcon 1 achieves orbitSeptember 2008
On the fourth try, SpaceX finally succeeds in delivering a payload into Earth orbit.
SpaceX is founded2002
SpaceX is founded by tech entrepreneurs with the goal of providing cheaper access to space.