SpaceX: 7 Landmark Moments Leading Up to the SpaceX IPO

#3 Moment Leading to SpaceX IPO: ISS Docking

Building a SpaceX rocket and capsule was the first stage of Elon Musk’s plan. Developing a partnership with NASA and the other space agencies around the world was a necessary step to getting SpaceX on track for a manned mission to Mars.

It was truly a memorable moment when, then, in May 2012, when the SpaceX Dragon capsule also became the first private spacecraft to dock at the ISS. Until that point, only national governments had been able to achieve that feat.