This was the 21st launch of SpaceX in the year, from a record 18 in 2017. The company managed to cut costs and win a market share by designing its rockets for reuse. However, this time, SpaceX will not try to follow the first phase of Falcon 9 after the launch, the company said, quoting mission requirements.
UALA has transferred eight missions in 2018, and the ninth is scheduled no earlier than December 30 from the Vendenberg Air Force Base on the central coast of California.
"SpaceX has a phenomenal year, no matter how much it will piece," said Luigi Pelusso, an air and defense consultant at AlixPartners.
"In 2019, the big race is the first company to put people in space and return them. You have SpaceX, Boeing, Virgin Galactic, and Blue Origin all."
SpaceX, along with Boeing, has an agreement to ship US astronauts to the International Space Station as part of a program called the "Commercial Team" with NASA, but the time frame for the first flights is constantly slipping. The current schedule of the agency has its first flawless demonstration flight on SpaceX January 17 and the first flight to the astronauts on the ship in June.
California-based SpaceX estimates have risen as the successful missions have reached, making it the third most valuable launch in the United States under Uber and Airbnb.
On Wall Street Journal announced on Tuesday that SpaceX is ready to raise another $ 500m by selling stocks with an estimated $ 30.5 billion, citing people familiar with the transaction.