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 indefinitely delays second Falcon 9 launch in two weeks

For the second time in less than two weeks, SpaceX has indefinitely delayed a Falcon 9 launch after discovering apparent…

SpaceX delays Japanese Moon lander launch to Thursday

SpaceX has delayed the launch of Japanese startup ispace's first Moon lander, HAKUTO-R, from Wednesday to Thursday, December 1st "to…

SpaceX Dragon delivers supplies, upgraded solar arrays to space station

Following a flawless Saturday launch, a SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday morning,…

SpaceX expends third Falcon booster in one month

SpaceX has expended a Falcon booster for the third time this month, breaking an odd internal record for a company…

SpaceX doubleheader struck down by poor weather

Update: The first of two SpaceX launch attempts scheduled on Tuesday, November 22nd has been called off by poor weather.…

SpaceX ship headed 1000 kilometers out to sea for expendable Falcon 9 launch

Update: SpaceX has called off Monday's launch attempt for what appears to be technical reasons and will try again on…

SpaceX delays Starlink launch after Falcon 9 static fire test

Around 10 am Pacific on November 17th, SpaceX test-fired one of its Falcon 9 rockets and announced that its next…

SpaceX’s next Falcon Heavy rocket on track for early 2023 launch

Two weeks after SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy launch in three and a half years, the US Space Force says that…

NASA SLS rocket launches Orion spacecraft to the Moon

After years, months, days, hours, and minutes of waiting, NASA's first Space Launch System (SLS) rocket has successfully lifted off…

SpaceX, NASA finalize contract for second crewed Starship Moon landing

Around eight months after announcing its intention to do so, NASA has awarded SpaceX a contract for a second crewed…

SpaceX’s Starship briefly becomes the most powerful active rocket in the world

A SpaceX Starship booster has successfully fired up 14 of its 33 Raptor engines, likely becoming the most powerful active…

SpaceX expends Falcon 9 booster for the first time in almost three years

For the first time since January 2020, SpaceX has intentionally expended a Falcon 9 booster instead of attempting to recover…

SpaceX’s Gwynne Shotwell to oversee Starship program, Starbase facilities

The Information reports that SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell "will assume oversight" of the company's Starship program and Starbase…

SpaceX shuffles Starships, gears up for more Super Heavy static fires

SpaceX is busy preparing for the orbital launch debut its next-generation Starship rocket, but the company's South Texas rocket factory…

SpaceX, NASA batten down the hatches as another storm approaches Florida

SpaceX, NASA, and the rest of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS) are doing…

SpaceX ships Starship’s 200th upgraded Raptor engine

A day after revealing the completion of the 200th Falcon upper stage and Merlin Vacuum engine, SpaceX has announced that…

SpaceX ships 200th Falcon second stage, highlighting the flip-side of booster reuse

SpaceX has built and shipped its 200th Falcon second stage, highlighting the often underappreciated rocket's record of achievement on the…

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket completes 50th orbital launch of 2022

SpaceX has successfully launched French satellite communications provider Eutelsat's Hotbird 13G satellite, chipping away at a jam-packed November manifest and…

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket back in action after a three-year hiatus

Update: The US Space Systems Command says that SpaceX's first direct launch to geosynchronous orbit was a "simply outstanding" success,…

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket rolls to pad for Tuesday launch, dual booster landing

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket has rolled out to Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A for its first launch (and dual…