SpaceX reveals first commercial mission target

Louis Dillon

A SpaceX executive has confirmed that the company’s first commercial mission for its Starship and Super Heavy launch system will likely take place in 2021.

SpaceX reveals first commercial mission target
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SpaceX vice president of commercial sales Jonathan Hofeller said that the company is in talks with possible customers for the first commercial launch of the system.

“We are in discussions with three different customers as we speak right now to be that first mission,” Hofeller said at the 2019 APSAT Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“Those are all telecom companies.” 

Earlier this year, SpaceX conducted several "hops" for testing the system, and Hofeller confirmed that it would further demonstrate these capabilities to potential customers.

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“We have future hops coming up later this year,” he said.

“The goal is to get orbital as quickly as possible, potentially even this year, with the full stack operational by the end of next year and then customers in early 2021.”

SpaceX also indicated that the prices of their booster missions are constantly dropping, with previously flown missions reduced from $62 million to $50 million, and company founder and CEO Elon Musk has hinted that these prices will continue to be lowered.

The reusable nature of the system means that prices will continue to drop.

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