Eric Ralph

I write about space, among other things.

SpaceX's next military launch cleared for historic rocket landing attempt

SpaceX officially has permission to perform a Falcon 9 booster recovery after its next launch for the US Air Force,…

SpaceX sets date for first Florida launch of its kind in more than half a century

Argentinian space agency CONAE says that both its SAOCOM 1B satellite and SpaceX are on track for a type of…

SpaceX’s first Starship test flight imminent as rocket nosecone nears completion

Elon Musk has posted a new glimpse inside SpaceX's South Texas Starship factory, revealing a nearly-completed rocket nosecone and indicating…

SpaceX looks to launch space tourists to record heights

SpaceX has signed an agreement with a space tourism company that could see its Crew Dragon spacecraft take space tourists…

SpaceX's California Starship factory plans detailed ahead of permitting decision

SpaceX's California Starship factory plans have been detailed in new documents published by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners,…

SpaceX nails Starlink launch but narrowly misses landing after fastest booster reuse yet

SpaceX has successfully completed its fifth launch of 60 Starlink communications satellites but suffered a surprising landing failure, an exceedingly…

SpaceX Starlink launch ready to set crucial rocket reusability record on Monday

One of SpaceX's newest Falcon 9 rockets is just a day away from setting one of the most important rocket…

NASA confirms SpaceX will become the first private company to send astronauts to the space station

NASA has unambiguously confirmed that SpaceX - with its Crew Dragon spacecraft - will soon become the first private company…

SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft nears last parachute tests before astronaut launch debut

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft is likely just a few weeks away from its last few parachute drop tests, the successful…

SpaceX is in no rush for a Starlink IPO and that should terrify competitors

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell says that the Starlink satellite internet business is in no rush to become a separate company…

SpaceX's first astronaut-ready spaceship wraps up final factory tests before heading to Florida

Set to become the first commercial spacecraft ever to launch NASA astronauts, SpaceX has revealed that its newest Crew Dragon…

SpaceX set to launch NASA astronauts first after Boeing narrowly avoids catastrophe in space

SpaceX is set to become the first private company to launch NASA astronauts as few as three months from now,…

Elon Musk reveals SpaceX Starship production well underway inside new Texas factory

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has offered a new glimpse inside the company's rapidly-expanding South Texas Starship factory, revealing the beginnings…

SpaceX's next rocket launch on track to break a 20-month-old booster reusability record

Scheduled as early as next week, SpaceX's next rocket launch could see the company break a 20-month-old record that is…

SpaceX Starship factory eyes cutting-edge industry solutions for inspiration [updated]

Update: In a Twitter response to this article, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the reality of things is unsurprisingly…

SpaceX's first NASA astronaut launch closer than ever as spacecraft and rocket near Florida

According to an engineer's February presentation, SpaceX is on the brink of shipping its first NASA astronaut-rated Crew Dragon spacecraft…

SpaceX ramps Starship hiring as Elon Musk talks Texas rocket factory's "awesome" progress

After several successful tests last month, Elon Musk says that SpaceX's South Texas Starship team is looking to rapidly expand…

SpaceX's workhorse rocket is almost halfway to reaching ambitious reusability goals

Thanks to a recent cluster of major milestones, SpaceX's family of Falcon 9 and Heavy rockets are rapidly nearing the…

SpaceX rocket booster makes it back to port after hard drone ship landing

SpaceX has completed its third rocket launch of 2020 and the most recent booster to launch safely returned to Port…

SpaceX resurrects California Starship factory plan just one year after abandoning it

Just nine months after scrapping temporary Starship facilities built at a Los Angeles port, the company has unexpectedly reconsidered that…