Eric Ralph

I write about space, among other things.

SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft arrives at space station on second to last mission

SpaceX's Cargo Dragon has successfully rendezvoused with the International Space Station (ISS) as part of NASA's CRS-19 resupply mission, marking…

SpaceX adds a second drone ship to its East Coast rocket recovery fleet

On December 10th, SpaceX's East Coast rocket recovery fleet added a second drone ship to its ranks in a bid…

SpaceX's latest reusable rocket booster returns to port to prepare for next launch

The first new Falcon 9 booster SpaceX has debuted in almost half a year safely returned to port after a…

SpaceX announces second Starlink satellite launch in two weeks

SpaceX has announced its second planned Starlink satellite in two weeks, sticking to a trend that could see the company…

SpaceX nails first Falcon 9 booster launch debut in months [photos]

On December 5th, SpaceX pulled off a flawless Falcon 9 booster debut in support of the Cargo Dragon spacecraft's CRS-19…

SpaceX just hit a major milestone on its launch to the space station

SpaceX has successfully launched Cargo Dragon's 19th space station resupply mission and says that the event also marked a symbolic…

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon parachutes are almost ready for NASA astronauts

SpaceX says Crew Dragon's upgraded "Mk3" parachutes are almost ready to safely return astronauts to Earth and need to pass…

SpaceX Falcon 9 to attempt unusual drone ship landing after space station resupply launch

SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 rocket is ready for the company's 12th launch this year, set to send a reused Cargo…

SpaceX’s surprise Falcon 9 drone ship landing explained ahead of Cargo Dragon launch

Speaking in a press briefing prior to NASA's next Cargo Dragon launch, a SpaceX official shed some light on a…

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and landing imminent as drone ship heads to sea

SpaceX's next Falcon 9 launch and landing is well into the late stages of preparation, leaving the company approximately 24-48…

SpaceX Starship hardware mystery solved amid reports of Florida factory upheaval

A SpaceX Starship hardware mystery has been effectively solved after rocket parts arrived at Port Canaveral and were loaded aboard…

SpaceX’s Starship to spar with Blue Origin for NASA Moon landing contracts

On November 18th, NASA announced that it had added commercial Moon lander offerings from SpaceX, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada Corporation,…

SpaceX Falcon 9 booster fires up ahead of NASA launch and surprise drone ship landing

SpaceX has successfully fired up a new rocket ahead of what is now believed to be a surprise Falcon 9…

SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare will test the tools needed to build space stations in orbit

A SpaceX customer has announced that one of a future Falcon 9 rideshare missions will carry a technology demonstrator designed…

SpaceX Starlink satellite constellation aims to become world’s largest after next launch

In a sign of things to come next year, SpaceX's next - and third - 60-satellite Starlink launch is officially…

SpaceX Crew Dragon tests SuperDraco rocket engines in new slow-mo video

SpaceX has released a rare video from one of its slow-motion engineering cameras, showing off a Crew Dragon capsule performing…

SpaceX Starship blew its top during rocket fueling test (updated)

Update: SpaceX has released an official statement indicating that Starship Mk1's November 20th failure came after a decision to intentionally…

SpaceX skips Falcon 9 landing leg retraction on record-breaking booster

Four days after it returned to port, SpaceX quickly brought its latest recovered Falcon 9 booster horizontal, the last step…

Elon Musk gifts SpaceX Starship angel investor a piece of Starhopper history

According to photos posted by the Japanese investor, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has gifted Yusaku Maezawa a significant piece of…

SpaceX’s Starship comes to life for the first time in lead-up to launch debut

For the first time ever, SpaceX has pressurized Starship Mk1's building-sized propellant tanks, a critical test that culminated in the…