Eric Ralph

I write about space, among other things.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s Starship presentation will have to wait a few more weeks

While the FAA's slow pace continues to delay Starhopper's second major flight test, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that his…

SpaceX’s next major Starhopper flight test still awaiting FAA approval, says Elon Musk

Four and half days after a recent call with FAA officials, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the company is…

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon explosion investigation almost complete, says executive

Speaking at the 2019 AIAA Propulsion & Energy Forum, SpaceX Vice President of Build and Flight Reliability Hans Koenigsmann was…

SpaceX’s West Coast drone ship begins Panama Canal transit on journey to Florida (or Texas)

After traveling more than 3500 miles (5600 km), SpaceX autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) Just Read The Instructions (JRTI) began…

SpaceX’s first Super Heavy hardware is already being built at Florida Starship campus

Based on some basic analysis of recent photos of SpaceX's East Coast Starship facility, situated in Cocoa, Florida, SpaceX has…

SpaceX’s next Starhopper flight needs more analysis for FAA go-ahead, says Elon Musk

According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the company's next major Starhopper flight test is still awaiting FAA approval due to…

SpaceX may have signed a fairing agreement with ULA supplier RUAG (Update: no agreement)

According to unverified and speculative comments reportedly made to a member of the space industry by a RUAG spokesperson, the…

SpaceX settles on Friday for Starhopper’s next flight test milestone, FAA permitting

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published Notices-to-Airmen (NOTAMs) for SpaceX's next Starhopper flight milestone, a 200m (650 ft)…

SpaceX adds new ship to fleet after fairing catcher Ms. Tree nails second recovery in a row

In a telltale sign that SpaceX is growing much more confident in its ability to consistently recover Falcon 9 fairings,…

SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 missions likely two back-to-back Starlink satellite launches

Hinted at by a launch photographer and confirmed by an article published on NASASpaceflight.com, it appears that SpaceX's next Falcon…

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says Starhopper’s next test flight is waiting for an FAA permit

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the company is working with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to secure regulatory…

SpaceX teases extreme Falcon 9 launch cadence goals in Starship planning doc

Published as part of an August 2019 environmental assessment (EA) draft for Starship's prospective Pad 39A launch facilities, SpaceX revealed…

SpaceX preps Texas Starship’s second tank dome for installation in latest milestone

During an August 4th visit to SpaceX's Boca Chica Starship build site, CEO Elon Musk captured and shared photos showing…

SpaceX nails second Falcon 9 fairing catch ever with GO Ms. Tree, Elon Musk shares video

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the company has successfully caught its second Falcon 9 fairing ever, an excellent sign…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5’s second expendable launch a bittersweet success

Likely some 10 minutes after lifting off for the third time from a SpaceX launch pad, Falcon 9 Block 5…

SpaceX sends Falcon 9’s West Coast drone ship to the Panama Canal in surprise move

In a surprise turn of events, SpaceX has decided to send Just Read The Instructions (JRTI) - one of the…

SpaceX’s Florida Starship hits growth spurt as Texas Starship begins bulkhead installation

In the last week alone, SpaceX's twin orbital Starship prototypes have made some truly jaw-dropping progress. Onlookers have witnessed Florida's…

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says first orbital Starship prototype flight debut is just weeks away

According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, one or both of the company's two orbital Starship prototypes could be "ready to…

SpaceX delays expendable Falcon 9 satellite launch for an unprecedented second static fire test

First reported by NASASpaceflight.com, SpaceX has delayed Falcon 9 B1047.2's third and final launch due to issues with the booster's…

DeepSpace: China tests SpaceX-reminiscent grid fins after iSpace snags orbital milestone

Eric Ralph ¬∑ August 1st, 2019 Welcome to the latest edition of¬†DeepSpace! Each week, Teslarati space reporter Eric Ralph hand-crafts…