Born and raised in Western Europe, Ralph Ewig immigrated to the US in 1992 at the age of twenty. He has lived in both the Seattle and Los Angeles metropolitan areas, and holds three degrees in the field of aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington. To date, he has worked as a musician, a roadie, a lumberjack, a vineyard apprentice, and with many government and commercial space organizations; he is currently a Mission Operations Engineer at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).
Ralph currently lives in California together with his wife, continuing his pursuits of space exploration, creative writing, motorsports, martial arts, and sailing. He is also the driving mind behind OpenAerospace, an open source engineering project to advance human space flight.