In 2010, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, was the first private corporation to launch a spacecraft into low-Earth orbit and return it safely to Earth. Then in 2012, it became the first private corporation to send a spacecraft—Dragon—to the International Space Station and return it safely to Earth. SpaceX may be the first of a number of private corporations that could, in the future, revolutionize the business of human activity in space.
Owned by SpaceX, the Dragon capsule was the first privately owned space craft to voyage to the International Space Station. (AASA)