Elon Musk is the CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and the CEO and Chief Designer of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).
At SpaceX, Elon
is the chief designer, overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft for missions to Earth orbit and ultimately to other planets.
In 2008, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft won the NASA contract to provide a commercial replacement for the cargo transport function of the Space Shuttle, which retired in 2011.
The SpaceX Falcon 1 was the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach orbit.
In 2010, SpaceX
became the first commercial company to successfully recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit with its Dragon spacecraft.
In 2012, SpaceX
became the first commercial company to dock with the International Space Station and return cargo to Earth with the Dragon.
In addition, Elon
is the non-executive chairman and principal shareholder of SolarCity
, which he