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When Will SpaceX Go Public?

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Nov. 13 2020, Updated 12:49 p.m. ET

SpaceX is set to take four more astronauts to the International Space Station. The SpaceX rocket is set to depart on Nov. 14 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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SpaceX is a rocket manufacturer and space transportation services company headquartered in California. The company was founded by Elon Musk in 2002 with the objective of reducing space transportation costs. Last month, Morgan Stanley increased its valuation of SpaceX to over $100 billion from $52 billion in July. Currently, SpaceX is a privately held company. When will Elon Musk’s SpaceX go public?

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is set to depart from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 14 at 7:49 p.m. ET. Four astronauts will be aboard the SpaceX rocket that's bound for the International Space Station. On Nov. 10, NASA officially certified that SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule is safe. The capsule was developed for regular astronaut transportation. In May, the Crew Dragon capsule carried two astronauts to the International Space Station and back to earth again in August.

How does SpaceX make money?

SpaceX doesn’t have to share its finances with anyone since it's a privately owned company. As a result, nobody apart from SpaceX executives knows how the company makes money. According to a Forbes report, SpaceX earns most of its money by launching satellites into orbit and by transporting cargo to and from the International Space Station. 

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SpaceX charges its clients much less per launch for this service compared to its competitors. The report said, “Although this has resulted in profit margins being small compared to incumbents, it allows SpaceX to line up more launches – giving it more opportunity to refine and advance its expertise in reusing components.”

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Is SpaceX a public company?

SpaceX is a privately held company and only a select few accredited investors own equity. As a result, you won’t find a SpaceX ticker symbol on your broker’s list of stocks available to trade. A search for a SpaceX stock quote will come up empty at Robinhood, TD Ameritrade, and Webull. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk doesn't have plans to take SpaceX public right now. According to Musk, the company’s long-term goals clash with shareholders' short-term demands.

Who owns SpaceX stock?

Elon Musk owns 54 percent of SpaceX and controls voting rights for 78 percent of the shares. The other investors include Google, Fidelity, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Valor Equity Partners, Founders Fund, and Capricorn Investment Group.

Is SpaceX part of Tesla?

SpaceX and Tesla are two different business entities. SpaceX is a private firm, while Tesla is a publicly-traded company. The companies operate in very different industries. Elon Musk owns 54 percent of SpaceX, while he owns 20 percent of Tesla.

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