Eric Ralph

I write about space, among other things.

SpaceX planning docs reveal Starship's April Fools' Day testing plans

Planning emails published by Cameron County, Texas officials have revealed a more detailed picture of SpaceX's April Fools' Day Starship…

SpaceX’s second astronaut launch a step closer after NASA announcement

SpaceX's second astronaut launch is a a step closer to flight after NASA and JAXA announced the third and fourth…

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's latest Starship photos reveal surprise landing legs [confirmed]

Update: In a Twitter response to Teslarati's report, Musk confirmed that SpaceX has already installed six telescoping landing legs on…

NASA has good news after SpaceX Crew Dragon parachute test accident

NASA has good news after SpaceX suffered an accident that destroyed a Crew Dragon mockup before it could complete a…

SpaceX Starship rocket rolls to launch pad to prepare for Starhopper-style hop test

SpaceX has finished its third full-scale Starship prototype and rolled the rocket's tank and engine section to a nearby launch…

SpaceX "DARKSAT" results: can Starlink and astronomy happily coexist?

Astronomers have begun to gather and analyze detailed observations of a SpaceX Starlink satellite prototype officially labeled DARKSAT and the…

SpaceX Starship launch pad upgraded as Elon Musk reveals rocket production milestone

SpaceX has begun to upgrade its South Texas Starship launch pad in anticipation of the completion of the next full-scale…

SpaceX dropped a Crew Dragon mockup to save a helicopter and its passengers

SpaceX says it encountered an issue that forced it to drop a Crew Dragon spacecraft mockup during parachute testing --…

SpaceX's in-flight rocket engine failure threatens NASA astronaut launch debut

An in-flight rocket engine failure during SpaceX's March 18th Starlink launch could pose a threat to the company's imminent NASA…

SpaceX gets first taste of coronavirus epidemic's consequences

SpaceX's next scheduled rocket launch has been indefinitely delayed after Argentina - responsible for the SAOCOM 1B satellite payload -…

SpaceX Texas Starship factory accepts third Florida hardware shipment

SpaceX support ship GO Discovery has successfully completed its third trip from Florida to Texas, ferrying additional rocket production hardware…

SpaceX's main Starlink constellation competitor is running out of money

OneWeb, the only pressing competitor facing SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet constellation, has reportedly begun to consider filing for bankruptcy shortly…

SpaceX Starship prototype speeding towards launch pad for first Raptor engine tests

SpaceX continues to build full-scale Starship hardware at a jaw-dropping pace, testing the limits of rocket production to complete the…

SpaceX may have missed a rocket booster landing but it snagged both nosecone halves

Although SpaceX sadly lost a record-breaking rocket booster and suffered a significant in-flight anomaly during its sixth Starlink launch, the…

SpaceX loses record-breaking rocket booster after sixth successful Starlink launch

SpaceX has suffered its second rocket landing failure of 2020 despite the fact that both lost Falcon 9 boosters successfully…

SpaceX rocket ready for second reusability record, Starlink launch attempt

One of SpaceX's first upgraded Falcon 9 Block 5 boosters is ready for its second attempt to set a reusability…

SpaceX tweaks Starship's Super Heavy rocket booster as design continues to evolve

CEO Elon Musk says that SpaceX continues to evolve the design of its next-generation Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket…

SpaceX rocket performs first last-second launch abort in years, delaying Starlink mission

A Falcon 9 rocket has performed SpaceX's first last-second launch abort in years, shutting down the booster's main engines and…

SpaceX's next Starlink launch to mark biggest rocket reusability milestone yet [webcast]

If everything goes as planned, SpaceX's next 60-satellite Starlink launch will soon push the Falcon rocket family to the halfway…

SpaceX Starlink factory building satellites four times faster than closest competitor

An executive says that SpaceX's Seattle-based Starlink factory is building satellites up to four times faster than OneWeb, the company's…