Eric Ralph

I write about space, among other things.

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft caught on camera during NASA astronaut spacewalk

SpaceX's first astronaut-proven Crew Dragon spacecraft has been caught on camera by one of the two NASA astronauts that piloted…

SpaceX nails second Falcon nosecone recovery in one month

SpaceX has successfully recovered two pairs of Falcon 9 payload fairings (nosecones) - one twice-flown - in one month after…

SpaceX Starlink launch to kick off a potentially record-breaking July

SpaceX's eighth Starlink mission of the year is just a handful of days away from liftoff, kicking off a potentially…

SpaceX Starship prototype kicks off gauntlet of tests for the fifth time

Hours after a successful Falcon 9 launch, a SpaceX Starship prototype has kicked off a challenging gauntlet of tests for…

SpaceX lands rocket for the first time after US military satellite launch

SpaceX has successfully landed a Falcon 9 booster for the first time after a dedicated satellite launch for the US…

SpaceX set for rocket recovery first after US military satellite launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 is set to become the first commercial rocket to attempt to land after an operational launch…

SpaceX’s reusable Falcon rockets have Europe thinking two steps ahead

In a rare instance of some connection to reality, a European Union commissioner overseeing the space industry has acknowledged the…

SpaceX Starship event expected this September, says Elon Musk

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has implied that he will continue the tradition of annual Starship update events later this year,…

SpaceX shuffles rocket launch order after Starlink delay

SpaceX has stood down from a June 26th Starlink launch attempt to allow "additional time for pre-launch checkouts," meaning that…

SpaceX fires up Falcon 9 rockets hours apart for back to back launches

SpaceX has fired up two separate Falcon 9 rockets at two separate Florida launch pads in less than 16 hours…

SpaceX transports fifth Starship prototype to the launch pad

SpaceX has at long last transported its fifth full-scale Starship prototype to a nearby launch pad, kicking off a week…

SpaceX Dragon XL could supply NASA astronauts around the Moon and Earth

SpaceX's Moon Dragon could one day deliver supplies to astronauts in Earth orbit on top of its raison d'etre -…

SpaceX blows up Starship tank to test new metal alloy

SpaceX has destroyed the third Starship 'test tank' prototype since it began building and testing the stout steel structures earlier…

SpaceX’s third Starlink launch in three weeks is just around the corner

SpaceX is just a few days away from Falcon 9's third Starlink internet satellite launch in 22 days, also the…

SpaceX Starlink antennas spied at Starship factory for the first time ever

SpaceX's mysterious Starlink 'user terminals' have been spotted in public for the first time ever at the company's South Texas…

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft put through its paces at orbital space station

SpaceX's first human-proven Crew Dragon spacecraft is being put through its paces in orbit by NASA and even Roscosmos astronauts,…

SpaceX secures 100+ smallsat launch contracts in 10 months

SpaceX announced that more than 100 small spacecraft are contracted to launch on future Falcon 9 rideshare missions less than…

SpaceX set to finish three Starship prototypes in the same month

SpaceX appears to be on track to complete its third Starship prototype in a month just days after the company…

SpaceX’s rocket reusability dream is within reach after fastest recovery yet

SpaceX and CEO Elon Musk's rocket reusability dream appears to be within reach for the first time ever after technicians…

SpaceX Starship will need fleet of ocean spaceports, says Elon Musk

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the company is going to build multiple massive "floating spaceports" to enable Starship launches…