Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Watch the first firing of SpaceX's new Starship Raptor rocket engine

Elon Musk Tweets New Images of Starship Super Heavy's Raptor Engine Elon Musk Twitter
Priscilla Morrison | 05 February, 2019, 03:40

On Sunday, Elon Musk and SpaceX engineers conducted an experimental firing of the Raptor engine, which could be used for future flights to Mars.

According to CNBC, the goal of the rocket is to be able to transport both humans and cargo to Planet Mars, so it's not like you're going to be seeing these every time you're on the M50.

SpaceX has been working on the Raptor engines for a number of years with redesigns along the way, as it gears up towards eventually sending people around the moon. Musk, who posted about the event on Twitter, congratulated his team with a message about the successful test. SpaceX is now building a prototype of the rocket at its facility near Brownsville, Texas.

The billionaire entrepreneur also tweeted out several videos of the 3-second test, which took place at the company's development facility in McGregor, Texas.

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Early this morning, while much of America was sleeping off a dubious evening repast composed nearly entirely of chip dip, alcohol, and corn starch, Musk and the SpaceX team were prepping for the first full firing test of a Raptor engine meant to fly on the actual Starship.

Back in December, Musk tweeted that he had redesigned the engine.

The Raptor will represent a technological break for SpaceX engines. Starship - which was renamed from Big Falcon Rocket in November - will use seven of the engines in total. Merlins use kerosene and liquid oxygen (LOX) propellants, for example, whereas Raptors use liquid methane and LOX.

The recent test wasn't the first firing of any kind of Raptor.

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