By a distance the largest and best known name in the private space industry, Elon Musk's $10 billion behemoth is gunning for Nasa's crown. SpaceX already provides cargo runs for the agency with its signature Falcon 9 and Dragon capsules, and it will deliver astronauts from 2017. Musk is hoping to bring humans to Mars in the coming decades. On December 22, 2015, the Falcon 9 rocket successfully landing upright at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Jeff Bezos, billionaire founder of Amazon.com, has had a long fascination with space. He founded a private aerospace company in 2000 aimed more at the suborbital tourist market. The New Shepard capsule, which successfully landed on November 24, 2015, is designed to travel about 100 kilometers (about 62 miles) above the surface of the Earth and land safely.