Eric Ralph

I write about space, among other things.

SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 launch delayed until November as lull drags on

For unknown reasons, SpaceX's next Falcon 9 rocket launch has slipped from October to November, extending an already record-breaking lull…

SpaceX’s fourth Starship prototype has begun to take shape in Florida

SpaceX's Florida Starship team appears to have taken the first step towards assembling Starship Mk4, the fourth full-scale prototype of…

SpaceX could upgrade Starlink constellation with tens of thousands of satellites

Filings and an official statement confirm that SpaceX could eventually build a Starlink internet constellation with tens of thousands of…

SpaceX’s upcoming Starlink launch will set a record for Falcon 9 booster reuse

SpaceX's next launch will fly on a Falcon 9 Block 5 booster with three flights in its history, making the…

SpaceX’s Starship Raptor Vacuum engine plans laid out by CEO Elon Musk

Elon Musk says that SpaceX Starship engine upgrades are on track to begin static fire tests of a Raptor Vacuum…

SpaceX Starship’s Raptor engine test facilities are about to get a big upgrade, says Elon Musk

According to CEO Elon Musk, SpaceX's Starship and Super Heavy rockets are about to get a new test stand that…

SpaceX to catch two Falcon 9 fairings at once with twin nets

Over the last three or so weeks, SpaceX rocket recovery technicians and engineers have rapidly modified a second Falcon fairing…

Elon Musk says SpaceX is still building a third drone ship – but is it for Falcon or Starship?

Unprovoked on October 9th, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted "A Shortfall of Gravitas" - the name of a third drone…

SpaceX’s astronaut launch debut Crew Dragon capsule shown off in first public photos

As part of a last-second media event at SpaceX's Hawthorne, CA rocket factory and headquarters, members of the media were…

SpaceX to shift Falcon 9’s next West Coast launch to Florida, the first of its kind in decades

According to NASASpaceflight spaceflight reporter Michael Baylor and an Argentinian government website, SpaceX appears to have decided to move its…

NASA administrator set to tour SpaceX’s rocket, spaceship factory with Elon Musk

In quick succession, an October 3rd conversation between SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine culminated in the…

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, Falcon 9 likely ready for astronaut launch debut in 10 weeks, says Musk

According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket meant to support the company's first-ever…

SpaceX wins NASA funds to build and test Starship’s orbital refueling technology

On September 27th, NASA announced a new round of Tipping Point funding worth a total of $43.2M that will be…

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk lays out Starship’s path to orbit with sights set on 2020 debut

Speaking on September 28th, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk sketched out a fairly detailed picture of Starship's path to orbit, from…

SpaceX to replace Falcon 9’s titanium grid fins with steel on Starship’s Super Heavy booster

Following a question on Twitter about how SpaceX intends to manufacture the truly massive grid fins shown in renders of…

NASA head calls out SpaceX CEO Elon Musk over Starship event in bizarre statement

Roughly 24 hours before SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was scheduled to present an update on the company's Starship launch vehicle…

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket wins commercial Moon lander launch contract

Intuitive Machines has selected SpaceX's Falcon 9 workhorse to launch the company's commercial Nova-C Moon lander as early as July…

SpaceX publishes dedicated Starship webpage after Elon Musk’s presentation

Shortly after CEO Elon Musk's 2019 presentation, SpaceX has published a new webpage dedicated to the next-generation Starship launch vehicle…

SpaceX is building Starship’s East Coast launch site at a breakneck pace

After breaking ground on September 21st, SpaceX and construction contractors are working at a breakneck pace to complete the modifications…

SpaceX aims to ship two new Crew Dragon spacecraft to Florida in the next two months

Speaking in an interview with CNN shortly after presenting an update on Starship, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the…