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How the company Space X is making money?

Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by nikity, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. nikity

    nikity Member

    Sep 30, 2019
    I was wondering how this company is making money? It makes any money at all? Or simply Elon Musk spend his money on the company ? Or is still at early stage to make money?
  2. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2013
    San Mateo, CA
    SpaceX is a privately held company and therefore has less financial pressure on it then say, Tesla. ;)

    Elon founded the company with his own money but since then there have been many investors; individuals, venture capital firms investment funds, etc.

    SpaceX does of course generate a lot of revenue from launch contracts. See SpaceX - Wikipedia Quote: “As of March 2018, SpaceX had over 100 launches on its manifest representing about $12 billion in contract revenue.”

    Of course that’s not enough to fund FH/Starship development and production of large numbers of spacecraft or enable the company to reach its goal of establishing a self-sustaining colony on Mars. That will take a lot more money.

    Read that Wikipedia page for more info.
  3. Cosmacelf

    Cosmacelf Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    San Diego
    Over 70 launches, at, maybe $10m net profit per launch. That’s $700m. The NASA contracts have some big margins. They’ve had well over $2B in private investment.

    So, yes, it does make money, but then it undoubtedly invests more than it makes for future projects, just like any fast growing startup. Musk has no money, he invested it all in SpaceX and Tesla already about ten years ago. Oh, he’s “worth” billions, but that’s the value of his ownership in Tesla and SpaceX, and he hasn’t sold any shares of those companies so he has no cash. Most of his extravagant expenses (like a private jet) are corporate expenses, so paid directly by Tesla or SpaceX, and the rest of his personal expenses are easily paid via modest (for a CEO) salaries.
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