Born and raised in West Germany, Ralph Ewig immigrated to the US in 1992 at the age of twenty. He has lived in Seattle, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and holds three degrees in the area of Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington. Throughout his engineering career, he has worked with many government and commercial space organizations, progressing from individual contributor, to small business owner and executive management. To date, his contributions include roles as a Mission Operations Engineer at SpaceX for the first flights of the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, and Vice President at Aerojet Rocketdyne. As an avid space advocate and science fiction author, he maintains a regular online presence focused on space and adjacent technologies, and has published both a novel and a series of short stories electronically and in print.