“Today we celebrate the founding of SpaceX and 20 years of accomplishments by this incredible team — here’s to creating a future that we can all get excited about,” SpaceX tweeted.
The video is stacked with archival footage of rocket launches and landings and exuberant mission control celebrations. The highlight reel includes shots of the Dragon capsule in space, satellite deployments and Starship prototype tests.
Tellingly, the video ends on a lingering shot of a Starship. The next-gen vehicle hasn’t reached orbit yet, but it’s designed to eventually carry humans to the moon and Mars and even around Earth as an alternative to flying on airplanes. Using Starship for the video finale makes it clear the next 20 years of the company could be defined by the development and use of the new spacecraft.
In 20 more years, will SpaceX release a 40th birthday video with footage of humans on Mars? If Musk gets his way, it might.