SpaceX just fired its Mars rocket engine and it didn’t explode

SpaceX just fired its Mars rocket engine and it didn’t explode

The Raptor engine uses a less conventional propellant than the Merlin engine SpaceX developed to power its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX last month said it was moving its testing of the Starship prototype to its south Texas site from the Port of Lost Angeles.

It might have been Super Bowl Sunday, however, SpaceX was focusing on this major pilot step for its Starship rocket, which could head to space in upcoming years.

Even though the test firing propels the Raptor around the corner past the proof of concept stage, Musk acknowledged there's still plenty of engineering kinks to be ironed out, tweeting that future versions will test other configurations aimed at optimizing thrust both in space and at sea level.

SpaceX has successfully finished the static fire test of Raptor engine created to power rockets including Starship. As Business Insider reports, the engine underwent a radical redesign and is capable of 200 metric tons of thrust. Among those twists have been high-powered winds, which have knocked the company's test rocket to the ground and leaving it in need of weeks of fix. So suggests Musk's images shared throughout the day.

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But, he explained, it will have a 'different mixture of alloys & new architecture'.

'I will do a full technical presentation of Starship after the test vehicle we're building in Texas flies, so hopefully March/April, ' he added.

The BFR (Big F***ing Rocket), now known as Starship, will complete all missions and is smaller than the ones Musk announced in 2016.

Once built, Musk believes the rocket could be used for travel on Earth - saying that passengers would be able to get anywhere in under an hour.

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