At the beginning of the 21 century, NASA’s National Aerospace Agency was in a difficult position. The old strategy, when this office was in charge of almost all the space, was no longer working. The space shuttle "Space Shuttle" is already obsolete, and the crash of "Columbia" in 2003, killed not only the crew, but the entire program. As a result, the Russian Soyuz rockets became the only way to send their astronauts into space.
Over time, private companies became involved in the space race, among which SpaceX became the leader. Having proposed breakthrough technologies, in particular, on the return of the first stage of the rocket to the earth and its secondary use, the company Ilona Mask began a rapid seizure of the space launch market.
Having launched 18 launch vehicles in 2017, the American company overtook the leader in this field - Russia.