Up, Up and Away: The SpaceX Quiz

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About This Quiz

One entrepreneur rode his golden parachute all the way into orbit by founding the SpaceX company. If you find yourself stumped by this SpaceX quiz, don't feel bad — it really is rocket science.

Who was the tech startup billionaire that founded SpaceX?

Billionaire Elon Musk is the founder of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., commonly known as SpaceX.

What year was SpaceX founded?

SpaceX was founded in 2002 with the initial goal of significantly reducing the cost of building rockets.

What was the name of the first SpaceX rocket?

The first SpaceX test rocket was named Falcon 1. The first test flight of the Falcon 1 ended in failure when the rocket rolled and plummeted back to earth.

True or false: There were three failed launch attempts of a SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket.

There were three failed launch attempts of the SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket, but on the fourth attempt, Falcon 1 was successfully launched into orbit.

What Pacific location hosted the first five SpaceX launches?

The first five launches of SpaceX Falcon 1 rockets were conducted at the U.S. military's Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

When was the first successful SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket launch?

The successful launch of the fourth flight of Falcon 1 took place on Sept. 28, 2008.

Where are the headquarters of the SpaceX company located?

According to the company, there are more than 4,000 employees at the headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

What SpaceX-developed engine was used for the Falcon 1 rockets?

The SpaceX Falcon 1 rockets used a single Merlin rocket engine. The Merlin family of rocket engines are designed and built by SpaceX.

Which automobile manufacturer did SpaceX founder Elon Musk help start?

Elon Musk is a co-founder of Tesla Motors. He continues to serve as chairman and CEO of Tesla Motors.

What cargo was lost in the failed March 2006 launch of a SpaceX rocket?

The U.S. Air Force Academy FalconSAT-2 satellite was lost in the failed inaugural launch of SpaceX's Falcon 1. The satellite was built to study enhanced communication with spacecraft.

Which SpaceX vehicle was the first commercial spacecraft in history to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS)?

On May 31, 2012, the SpaceX Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to the ISS.

How many Merlin rocket engines are used in the Falcon 9 rocket first stage?

The Falcon 9 rocket is configured with nine Merlin rocket engines in the first stage. The second stage is powered by a single engine.

Which SpaceX rocket is designed to launch the Dragon spacecraft?

The Falcon 9 is designed to launch satellites and Dragon spacecraft.

How many crew members can the Dragon capsule carry?

The Dragon spacecraft is designed to carry up to seven crew members. Manned flights of the Dragon are expected by 2018.

When deliveries are made to the ISS, how fast is it traveling?

The ISS travels at 5 miles per second and orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, which is about 18,000 miles per hour.

True or false: SpaceX is a publicly traded company.

SpaceX is a privately held company. Executives at the company have hinted that the company will remain privately held for many years.

What Internet-based company did Elon Musk co-found?

Elon Musk co-founded X.com, which later became PayPal. In 2002 eBay Inc. acquired PayPal for $1.5 billion.

What is the name of the largest SpaceX rocket?

The Falcon Heavy has a payload capacity of 53 metric tons, more than twice the capacity of similar rockets created by other companies.

What secret cargo did SpaceX send into space on the Dragon capsule's first test flight?

The secret cargo aboard Dragon during the December 2010 test flight was a wheel of cheese. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the cheese was sent in honor of the British comedy "Monty Python's Flying Circus."

What was the suborbital SpaceX test vehicle named?

The suborbital SpaceX test vehicle used in early flight tests was called the Grasshopper. The Grasshopper was a vertical takeoff/vertical landing, or VTVL, flight test vehicle.

Escape velocity is the speed an object must travel to break free of the gravity of a planet. What escape velocity is required for spacecraft leaving Earth?

Spacecraft leaving Earth must travel at 7 miles per second or 25,000 miles per hour to get into orbit.

How much thrust does the Falcon 9 generate?

The Falcon 9 rocket generates more than 1.5 million pounds of thrust at sea level. As a comparison, a Boeing 737 produces between 40,000 and 70,000 pounds of total thrust.

How much cargo can the Falcon 9 carry into low Earth orbit?

The Falcon 9 rocket can carry a payload of 28,000 pounds into Low Earth Orbit.

How tall is a Falcon 9 rocket?

A Falcon 9 rocket is 70 meters tall and has a mass of nearly 1.2 million pounds (544,311 kilograms).

How many SpaceX Merlin rocket engines does the Falcon Heavy use?

The Falcon Heavy rocket is fitted with three Falcon 9 engine cores, each one containing nine SpaceX Merlin rocket engines, for a total of 27 engines.

In December 2008 NASA contracted with SpaceX for 12 unmanned cargo deliveries to the ISS. What was the price tag?

On Dec. 23, 2008, NASA awarded SpaceX a $1.6 billion commercial resupply services contract for 12 deliveries.

True or false: The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is named after the Peter, Paul and Mary song "Puff the Magic Dragon."

Elon Musk named the spacecraft after the fictional dragon in the song "Puff the Magic Dragon" because critics said his goals were impossible when the company started in 2002.

Why do all the rockets in the SpaceX fleet have “falcon” in their names?

The fleet of SpaceX Falcon rockets were named after the Millennium Falcon in the "Star Wars" movie franchise.

When did SpaceX successfully launch and land a first stage rocket?

On Dec. 21, 2015, SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9, delivered a payload into orbit and vertically landed the first stage of the rocket on Earth.

NASA awarded SpaceX a $2.6 billion contract in September 2014 for what purpose?

SpaceX received $2.6 billion for crew transportation to the ISS. SpaceX is one of two companies that have been contracted to build vehicles after the end of the shuttle program.

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