SpaceX enjoyed its most successful year in 2020. Amid the pandemic, the company set a record for total number of launches: 26. All met their objectives. The Crew Dragon spacecraft flew humans—Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken—into orbit for the first time. And then it did so again, with the Crew-1 mission in November. SpaceX also made demonstrable progress on its next-generation Starship launch system.
For SpaceX’s president and chief operating officer, Gwynne Shotwell, 2020 was indeed a watershed year. “It was a year of highlights,” she said in an interview. “There’s probably 10 things that I would look back on this year and say were extraordinary.”
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