Eric Ralph

I write about space, among other things.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confident Starship will launch humans to Mars by 2026

CEO Elon Musk says that he is "highly confident" that SpaceX will be ready to attempt its first crewed Starship…

SpaceX drone ship departs for upgraded Cargo Dragon launch debut

SpaceX drone ship Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) has departed Port Canaveral ahead of an upgraded Cargo Dragon…

SpaceX Falcon 9 “fleet leader” returns to port after record reuse

SpaceX is well and truly 70% of the way to a longstanding rocket reusability target after successfully launching and landing…

SpaceX private astronaut launch debut to reuse Crew-1 Dragon spacecraft

A former NASA astronaut now employed by Axiom Space says that SpaceX's private astronaut launch debut will reuse the same…

SpaceX sets dates for Starship static fire, high-altitude launch debut

CEO Elon Musk says that SpaceX is set to attempt one final Raptor engine static fire test before putting Starship…

SpaceX backup Starship reaches full height after nosecone installation

SpaceX has installed another Starship's nosecone, all but completing the second full-size prototype a matter of days before the first…

SpaceX ‘go’ for 50,000-foot Starship launch debut after static fire, Elon Musk says

CEO Elon Musk says that SpaceX's first fully-assembled Starship prototype is on track for its 15-kilometer (~50,000 ft) launch debut…

A SpaceX rocket just aced its seventh launch and landing for the first time

For the first time ever, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster has successfully completed seven orbital-class launches and landings, leaving…

SpaceX to attempt same-day Starship static fire, Starlink launch [livestream]

SpaceX is in the process of attempting static-fire the first fully-assembled Starship prototype as few as four hours before a…

SpaceX’s most important Falcon 9 booster yet returns to port with a lean

On November 19th, what is likely SpaceX's most important Falcon 9 booster yet returned to Port Canaveral with a surprise…

SpaceX scrubs Falcon 9’s seventh-flight debut for more “mission assurance”

Update: SpaceX has scrubbed Falcon 9's seventh-flight debut and the 14th Starlink launch this year to allow more time for…

SpaceX aces rare Falcon 9 land landing, first California launch in a year and a half

A Falcon 9 rocket has aced a rare 'land' landing as part of SpaceX's first California launch in almost a…

SpaceX’s NASA Falcon Heavy launch debut a step closer as interplanetary payload powers up

Maxar Technologies says it's powered on NASA's Psyche spacecraft for the first time, pushing the asteroid explorer a step closer…

SpaceX’s plans for a reusable Dragon spacecraft fleet detailed by Gwynne Shotwell

President and COO Gwynne Shotwell says that SpaceX is simultaneously building a fleet of reusable, orbital Dragon spacecraft designed to…

SpaceX’s Elon Musk hints at “notable” Starship changes, explains static fire anomaly

CEO Elon Musk has offered an explanation for SpaceX's recent Starship static fire anomaly and says that an overview of…

SpaceX still eyeing back-to-back East and West Coast launches this weekend

Update #2: SpaceX's Starlink-15 launch has slipped to Sunday, November 22nd, roughly 36 hours after Sentinel 6A's scheduled November 21st…

SpaceX Crew Dragon aces third autonomous space station docking

Update: A SpaceX Crew Dragon has successfully performed an autonomous rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station (ISS) for…

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket nails first operational NASA astronaut launch [updated]

Update: SpaceX has successfully resolved a handful of minor thermal control issues facing the brand new Crew Dragon capsule currently…

SpaceX Starship saved by ‘burst disk’ after Raptor static fire ends badly

Around 7:15 pm local time, SpaceX Starship prototype SN8 fired up one or several Raptor engines for the third time…

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to have a continual presence in space starting this year

Days after NASA confirmed that SpaceX is on track for a Crew Dragon launch on November 14th and the first…