Elon Musk shows off first firing of SpaceX's Starship Raptor engine

04 February, 2019, 20:27 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Source Tesla

The SpaceX CEO shared footage on Twitter from the first test firing of the Raptor rocket engine this weekend and provided an update the capabilities that will help it 'reach the moon as fast as possible'.

Elon Musk has lifted the veil on his "radically redesigned" Raptor engine, which will one day power the Super Heavy rocket and Starship on missions to the moon and beyond. There'd eventually be 31 Raptors powering the reusable Super Heavy, and seven Raptors on the Starship.

However, the Starship prototype recently suffered a minor setback, after high winds in Texas blew the top half of the hopper off.

As to why the flames are iridescent, Musk explains in a follow-up tweet that, "Engine use methox torch igniters". Musk has said the prototype could start doing short-hop tests within the next month or two; although that schedule may have been set back by a storm that damaged the Hopper last month during construction.


'Next versions will split to vacuum-optimized (380+ sec Isp) & sea level-thrust optimized (~250 ton)'.

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.

"First firing of Starship Raptor flight engine!" Musk said in early January that test flights there could begin in four weeks, "which probably means 8 weeks, due to unforeseen issues".

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