And speaking of that Randian shithead, I'm a few days late but since we just had the tenth anniversary of the first Falcon 9 flight it might be time for a short retrospective.
That's the first successful Falcon 9 launch with a boilerplate Dragon on top. Purely a Demo, the Dragon was not designed to separate from the second stage. There was an attempt to recover the first stage using parachutes, but that was an utter failure.
Fast forward a few (ten) years, and here we have the most recent Demo, but this one delivered astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the ISS, re-establishing the US's manned spaceflight capability after an eight year gap. Plus they recovered the booster, which has become somewhat routine -- notwithstanding SpaceX's recent two in a row failure.
Lots has happened in between. Just a quick rundown led off by this chart showing the development of the Falcon family, especially the jump in size from V1.0 to 1.1. Total thrust and payload for the Block 5 is over double the first version.
In the past ten years SpaceX has refined numerous rocket technologies and procedures, including many thought impractical, uneconomical, or just downright impossible. The list includes hypersonic retropropulsion, sub-cooled propellant, return to launch site vertical landing, barge landing, first stage reuse of a vertically launched rocket, mass satellite delivery to orbit, and fairing recovery (final tally is still up in the air on that one though).
85 total Falcon 9 missions, with 83 successes (97.64%)
3 out of 3 Falcon Heavy missions
30 out of 30 Block 5 mission successes.
53 successful booster landings out of 63 tries (84.12%) with 19 out of 21 of the Block 5.
36 booster reuses, with 5 being the max individual reuse so far.
ISS cargo successfully sent: ~45 tonnes
ISS cargo returned: ~28 tonnes
(And to be fair, one Cargo Dragon splashed in the Atlantic, and I think they are still finding charred pieces of AMOS-6 around Launch Complex 40.)
NASA estimates the savings of Commercial Crew and Cargo to be upwards of 20 to 30 billion.
The Falcon 9 is the most flown current US launcher, and edging up on most reliable.
Not bad for a bunch of amateurs with bad welds.
Working off memory from one of the recent pressors so the quote may not be exact, but when Musk was asked if he had any message for all the doubters, he replied,
"I can appreciate it. I doubted we'd make it myself."