Elon Musk SpaceX Raptor rocket engine ready for Starship

first_imgIn the meantime, Musk has dropped insider looks at heat-shield testing and now the Raptor preparations, showing that development on Starship is moving ahead at a rapid pace.SpaceX will need to keep the rocket pedal to the metal if it wants to make its proposed 2023 date with the moon. 16 Photos On Feb. 4, Musk uploaded a couple of videos of the test firing to his Twitter account, and, it goes without saying but, you wouldn’t want to be standing behind this thing when it’s ready to blow. Raptor risingThe Raptor has been under development for years, but Musk said in December that the latest version is “radically redesigned.” Musk spilled a few geeky details on the test engine’s thrust and how it’s geared toward reaching the moon as fast as possible. FilmMagic/Getty Images We know what SpaceX’s next-generation Starship looks like. Now Elon Musk has shared a series of new looks at the Raptor engine that’ll one day rocket it off our planet — including a sublime display from its first test firings.Musk first posted a pair of images to Twitter on Feb. 1 showing a Starship Raptor engine and saying SpaceX was preparing to fire it at SpaceX’s Texas facility. One of the images included a worker standing near the engine, giving us a good sense of its scale. First firing of Starship Raptor flight engine! So proud of great work by @SpaceX team!! pic.twitter.com/S6aT7Jih4S— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 Share your voice Design requires at least 170 metric tons of force. Engine reached 172 mT & 257 bar chamber pressure with warm propellant, which means 10% to 20% more with deep cryo.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 7, 2019 The moon goal is an important one. SpaceX and Musk announced last year that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had bought up all the seats for a planned 2023 Starship mission to travel around the moon.Musk says Starship will eventually have seven of the new engines. SpaceX currently has a “hopper” prototype of the stainless-steel Starship meant for takeoff and landing tests, with hopes of unveiling an orbital version by midyear.Musk has been openly engaging with SpaceX fans on Twitter. One asked if he’s finding rocket engine design easier or harder over time. “Well, my past mistakes do seem extremely dumb, especially the ones where I mistakenly thought I was smart,” Musk replied. pic.twitter.com/yFhNx3fiOD— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 Those images were just a warm-up. Musk posted a blazing-hot view on Thursday of the engine in action, saying, “Raptor just achieved power level needed for Starship and Super Heavy.” Musk envisions a future in which Starship carries humans all the way to Mars and helps establish an outpost on the red planet. SpaceX suffered a setback in January when high winds in Texas toppled the nose cone off the Starship prototype. Musk said at the time it’d take several weeks to repair the damage.  Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it’s glorious SpaceX blasts Starship heat shield with industrial flamethrowers First published Feb. 1, 8:20 a.m. PT.Updates Feb. 3 at 8:12 p.m.: Adds test-firing images and videos from Elon Musk’s Twitter account; Feb. 7 at 10:22 a.m.: Includes new test-firing image and details from Elon Musk’s Twitter account.  NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Tagscenter_img Initially making one 200 metric ton thrust engine common across ship & booster to reach the moon as fast as possible. Next versions will split to vacuum-optimized (380+ sec Isp) & sea-level thrust optimized (~250 ton).— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 1, 2019 Well, my past mistakes do seem extremely dumb, especially the ones where I mistakenly thought I was smart— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 1, 2019 pic.twitter.com/ChEGbjTGKZ— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 Raptor just achieved power level needed for Starship & Super Heavy pic.twitter.com/NcqnAVWc35— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 7, 2019 Sci-Tech 7 Starship shines Musk says the Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket designs require an engine that can put out at least 170 metric tons of force. The most recent SpaceX Raptor test showed the engine reached 172 metric tons of force. Preparing to fire the Starship Raptor engine at @SpaceX Texas pic.twitter.com/8JCOi1BG6z— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 1, 2019 Comments Burn, baby, burnStarship is meant to eventually be paired with a Super Heavy rocket, formerly known as the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). Super Heavy will use up to 31 Raptor engines, though Musk says initial tests will probably involve fewer engines “in case it blows up.” Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Elon Musk Space SpaceXlast_img

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