Sunday, 17 February, 2019

SpaceX successfully test-fires rocket engine Raptor

Elon Musk Tweets New Images of Starship Super Heavy's Raptor Engine Elon Musk Twitter
Laurie Berry | 05 February, 2019, 03:44

The company has test-fired the flight version of its new Raptor rocket engine for the first time, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced yesterday (Feb. 3).

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

SpaceX's Raptor engine test wasn't unnoticed though: People in the Central Texas area said they heard a loud pop during the event, and more similar sounds later on in the night, Ars Technica reported.

Eccentric tech billionaire Elon Musk's space exploration company Space X has test fired the Raptor engine for its Starship space craft. Musk, who posted about the event on Twitter, congratulated his team with a message about the successful test.

It comes just days after Musk's Starship prototype was knocked over by 50mph winds in Texas and suffered extensive damages. "When asked about the color, Musk explained on Twitter, "[The] engine use methox torch igniters.

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Pence said the United States was working to get more aid to Venezuela. He enjoys the support of the military and some Venezuelans.

He said in December that the engine had undergone a "radical redesign".

The first launches of the full-scale Starship-Super Heavy duo could follow in relatively short order.

Raptor has gone through a number of design changes - originally, SpaceX planned to mount it to the ITS launch vehicle back in 2016 (powered by 42 Raptor engines), before changing gears and unveiling its BFR rocket concept (officially known as "Super Heavy" for the first stage, and Starship for the second).

The recent test wasn't the first firing of any kind of Raptor. Unlike SpaceX's Merlin engine, which runs on a mixture of RP-1 and LOX, the Raptor engine is fueled by cryogenic liquid methane and LOX.

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