Elon Musk just showed off SpaceX's Starship Raptor engine firing

Elon Musk just showed off SpaceX's Starship Raptor engine firing

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).

It comes just days after Musk's Starship prototype was knocked over by 50mph winds in Texas and suffered extensive damages.

The videos show the rocket engine firing, and thus creating a wave of multicoloured flames.

Eccentric tech billionaire Elon Musk's space exploration company Space X has test fired the Raptor engine for its Starship space craft. "Next versions will split to vacuum-optimized (380+ sec Isp [specific impulse]) & sea-level thrust optimized (~250 ton)". Green doesn't mean the Raptor engine is good to go though. 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.

The nosecone fairing was simply welded on top to improve aerodynamics and provide the appearance and aesthetic of a completed rocket. So suggests Musk's images shared throughout the day. By January, Musk had done an exclusive interview with Popular Mechanics detailing why the Starship would be made of stainless steel.

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

Showing the engine in action on Twitter, the entrepreneur said he was "so proud" of the work carried out by his team at SpaceX, who recently learned that workforce numbers at the company would be cut by around 10pc.

The company has announced plans for a trip to Mars to be achieved by 2022, with a manned mission set to follow two years later.

The rocket would be partially reusable and capable of flight directly from Earth to Mars.

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