Eric Ralph

I write about space, among other things.

SpaceX gears up for Starship’s first triple-engine landing attempt

With FAA approval in hand, weather rapidly improving, and the latest rocket prototype seemingly rearing to go, the stars are…

SpaceX Starlink launch suffers last-minute abort after weeks of delays

A SpaceX rocket originally scheduled to launch a batch of Starlink satellites more than five weeks ago has suffered the…

SpaceX swaps “suspect” Starship engine in record time

SpaceX has reportedly swapped a "suspect" Raptor engine installed on Starship serial number 10 (SN10) in record time, setting the…

SpaceX Falcon Heavy booster spotted at Texas rocket testing HQ

Three weeks after the building-sized rocket was spotted on its way to Texas, SpaceX's next new Falcon Heavy 'center core'…

SpaceX Starlink users could see “much higher download speeds” amid upgrades

CEO Elon Musk says that SpaceX's thousands of Starlink users could see "much higher download speeds" as the company begins…

SpaceX rapidly builds, tests Starship Moon elevator for NASA

As part of a NASA program that will select one or two commercial crewed Moon landers, SpaceX is busy testing…

SpaceX Falcon boosters likely to surpass Elon Musk’s prime rocket reuse directive

A SpaceX vice president and one of Elon Musk's first hires says that Falcon boosters will soon meet - and…

SpaceX Starship static fire bodes well for a launch later this week

SpaceX's third high-altitude Starship prototype appears to have successfully ignited its trio of Raptor engines, boosting the odds of another…

SpaceX grapples with failed Falcon 9 landing as Starlink launches slip

The follow-on effects of SpaceX's failed February 15th booster landing have begun to roll in, triggering at least one to…

FAA clears SpaceX Starship prototype for third launch and landing attempt

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has already cleared Starship serial number 10 (SN10) for flight, cutting short any potential…

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket still on track for two launches this year

Spaceflight Now reports that SpaceX's next two Falcon Heavy rockets - both under contract with the US military - are…

SpaceX Starship ready to find out if third time’s the charm later this week

After a miserable week of extreme cold, power grid failures, high winds, and general chaos, conditions are improving, the sun…

SpaceX reschedules Starship static fire amid deadly Texas cold snap, power grid failure

After extreme weather and a once-in-a-decade cold snap ground SpaceX's Starship launch preparations to a halt, the company's next critical…

SpaceX’s Crew-1 NASA astronauts celebrate Mars rover landing in Earth orbit

SpaceX's Crew-1 NASA astronauts and the rest of the International Space Station crew are celebrating the space agency's latest historic…

SpaceX setting the stage for Starlink’s widespread European debut

Combined with regulatory filings, a series of new job listings suggest that SpaceX is in the late stages of preparations…

SpaceX Starship factory battles Texas power outages with Tesla solar and storage

A major cold snap and the ineptitude of state governance have combined to throw millions of Texans into darkness as…

SpaceX rocket suffers rare landing failure after kicking off Starlink doubleheader

In a rare surprise for Starlink launches, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster has failed to successfully land after kicking off…

SpaceX Starship testing slows to a crawl amid high winds and freezing rain

SpaceX's South Texas Starship program has been hit by a burst of extreme winter weather, slowing plans and preparations for…

SpaceX Starship to test landing upgrades after two explosions

After two Starship prototypes aced their high-altitude launch debuts only to suffer last-second landing failures for unique reasons, SpaceX is…

SpaceX’s Elon Musk talks Starship heatshield, rocket landings on Joe Rogan podcast

In a multi-hour February 2021 interview with Elon Musk himself, Joe Rogan inexplicably told the famous engineer and CEO that…