Eric Ralph

I write about space, among other things.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk explains why Falcon Heavy’s center core missed the drone ship

Some 12 hours after Falcon Heavy successfully completed what Elon Musk described as the SpaceX's "most difficult launch ever", the…

SpaceX successfully catches first Falcon Heavy fairing in Mr. Steven’s/Ms. Tree’s net

After more than 18 months of concerted effort, SpaceX has successfully caught a Falcon fairing in Mr. Steven's (now GO…

SpaceX nails twin Falcon Heavy booster landing but center core misses drone ship

SpaceX has soared through the first major half of its third Falcon Heavy launch, heading through ignition, liftoff, recovery, and…

SpaceX set for Falcon Heavy triple booster landing, hottest center core reentry yet

SpaceX's third Falcon Heavy launch is ready to wow crowds once more with a synchronized side booster landing at Cape…

SpaceX ship Mr. Steven renamed ahead of Falcon Heavy fairing catch attempt

In a pleasant, last-minute surprise, SpaceX fairing recovery vessel Mr. Steven has departed Port Canaveral for its first Falcon fairing…

SpaceX set for third Falcon Heavy launch: here’s how to watch live

SpaceX is T-18 hours to its second Falcon Heavy launch in barely 70 days, set to lift off with the…

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon gets tentative NASA target for first astronaut launch

New information from both NASA and the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirm that SpaceX is currently targeting - at…

SpaceX fires Falcon Heavy’s 27 booster engines ahead of “most difficult launch ever”

For the third time ever, SpaceX has successfully performed a critical static-fire test of an integrated Falcon Heavy, briefly igniting…

A SpaceX surprise: Falcon Heavy booster landing to smash distance record

In an unexpected last-second change, SpaceX has moved Falcon Heavy Flight 3's center core landing on drone ship Of Course…

DeepSpace: Firefly’s Alpha rocket to get a massive upgrade with ion thruster boost stage ⚡ 🚀

Eric Ralph · June 18th, 2019 Welcome to the latest edition of DeepSpace! Each week, Teslarati space reporter Eric Ralph hand-crafts this…

SpaceX on track for US Air Force Falcon 9 mission later this year

Reading between the lines, the US Air Force has effectively confirmed that GPS III Space Vehicle 03 (SV03) - the…

SpaceX Falcon 9 wins Korean launch contract as 2019 mystery missions persist

SpaceX has silently announced that Falcon 9 won a contract for a South Korean military communications satellite, currently scheduled to…

SpaceX’s first flight-proven Falcon Heavy Block 5 rocket ready for static fire test

According to NASASpaceflight.com, SpaceX is just ~48 hours away from Falcon Heavy Flight 3's critical static fire test, in which…

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hints at Starlink’s global reach at Tesla shareholder event

Speaking at Tesla's annual shareholder meeting, CEO Elon Musk - also CEO of SpaceX - briefly segued to his spaceflight…

SpaceX Falcon 9 bids temporary goodbye to West Coast in launch & landing photos

SpaceX has completed its last California Falcon 9 launch of 2019 and the company's official pictures of the mission are…

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 sticks foggy booster recovery at California landing zone

Update: SpaceX has successfully wrapped up the Radarsat Constellation Mission, likely its last launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base for…

SpaceX worth $33B after raising more than $1B for Starlink and Starship

Since April 2018, SpaceX has successfully raised more than $1.24 billion through the sale of equity, likely sold to investors…

SpaceX’s next Falcon Heavy to usher Air Force into a new era of reusable rockets

After a few late-stage schedule tweaks, SpaceX's third Falcon Heavy launch - set to deliver 24 spacecraft to a variety…

SpaceX static fires Falcon 9 for West Coast pad’s second booster landing ever

SpaceX has completed a static fire of Falcon 9 ahead of the company's second California launch of 2019, also set…

SpaceX Cargo Dragon capsule ends its second flawless trip to space and back

On June 4th, SpaceX Cargo Dragon capsule C113 departed from the International Space Station 250 miles (400 km) above Earth's…