Eric Ralph

Eric Ralph is Teslarati's senior spaceflight reporter and has been covering the industry in some capacity for almost half a decade, largely spurred in 2016 by a trip to Mexico to watch Elon Musk reveal SpaceX's plans for Mars in person. Aside from spreading interest and excitement about spaceflight far and wide, his primary goal is to cover humanity's ongoing efforts to expand beyond Earth to the Moon, Mars, and elsewhere.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk explains why Blue Origin’s Starship lawsuit makes no sense

For the first time since SpaceX competitor Blue Origin took NASA to federal court after losing a Moon lander contract…

SpaceX Inspiration4 astronaut shares behind-the-scenes look at largest space window’s ‘first light’

SpaceX Inspiration4 astronaut Sian Proctor has shared the first behind-the-scenes look at what it was like for the world's first…

SpaceX’s orbital Starship launch debut may be pushed to 2022 by slow FAA reviews

In a rare sign of material progress, SpaceX and the FAA have finally released what is known as a draft…

SpaceX Inspiration4 Dragon, Falcon 9 booster return to port after flawless mission

After acing a flawless commercial astronaut launch debut, SpaceX's Inspiration4 Crew Dragon spacecraft, Falcon 9 booster, and the four private…

SpaceX’s orbital Starship launch pad tank farm comes to life for the first time

Update: Two days after a bevy of tanker trucks began to arrive at SpaceX's orbital Starship launch site with load…

SpaceX prepares Starship, Super Heavy for milestone Raptor static fire tests

SpaceX has scheduled a full week with as many as 30 hours of road and beach closures for Starship and…

SpaceX Falcon 9 booster returns to California port for the first time in years

For the first time in almost three years, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster has returned to a California port after…

SpaceX shows off largest window in space after spectacular Inspiration4 launch

SpaceX has revealed the first on-orbit view of the largest window every launched on a rocket - and provided an…

SpaceX rockets private astronaut crew into orbit for the first time in spaceflight history

For the first time in spaceflight history, a crew of all-private astronauts have rocketed into orbit - and on a…

Watch SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission launch four private astronauts live [webcast]

Update: SpaceX, Falcon 9, Crew Dragon, the crew, and the weather remain on track for the company's historic Inspiration4 mission,…

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch contracts reach double digits after latest NASA win

For the third time in seven months, NASA has contracted SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket to launch a high-value scientific spacecraft,…

SpaceX’s first West Coast Starlink launch orbits 51 new ‘space laser’ satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched 51 upgraded laser-linked Starlink satellites from its Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB)…

SpaceX to launch Crew Dragon and Starlink satellites less than 48 hours apart

After launching just once in the last ten weeks, SpaceX appears to be set to return to H1 2021 stride…

SpaceX Crew Dragon, Falcon 9 roll out to the pad for historic Inspiration4 launch

On the morning of September 12th, SpaceX rolled the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft that will support the…

Elon Musk says SpaceX could fire up first orbital-class Super Heavy booster next week

Update: In response to this article, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that the plan is to not only 'cryoproof' the…

SpaceX Falcon 9 wins second geostationary commsat launch contract of 2021

SpaceX and Middle Eastern satcom provider Yahsat have announced a contract to launch the company's next-generation Thuraya 4-NGS satellite on…

SpaceX schedules first Falcon Heavy launch in two years in early October

For the first time in more than two years, SpaceX has a firm launch date for its next Falcon Heavy…

SpaceX reveals first Starlink ‘Dishy’ production figures, teases major expansion

A SpaceX executive has revealed the first concrete Starlink user terminal (dish) production figures and plans for imminent upgrades. Speaking…

SpaceX’s first orbital-class Super Heavy booster rejoins Starship at the launch pad

For the second time in five weeks, SpaceX has rolled Starship's first orbital-class Super Heavy booster from its Starbase factory…

SpaceX rolls Inspiration4 Falcon 9 rocket to the pad for historic launch

SpaceX has rolled the Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the historic Inspiration4 private astronaut mission to its NASA Kennedy…