SpaceX has cleared a major hurdle, moving it closer to the first orbital flight test of the Starship system.The company has succeeded Completed static fire test Super Heavy’s current prototype, Booster 7, a month after last attempt end up in flamesSpaceX ran this test again with the Booster 7, but only launched a single Raptor engine from the orbital launch pad, igniting it for a few seconds, and allowing engineers to take a closer look at its performance.
Booster 7 is equipped with 33 Raptor Version 2 engines designed to provide it with lift to launch the first stage itself and its upper stage companion Starship spacecraft. In the company’s previous static firing test attempts, the booster caught fire on the launch pad. Company chief Elon Musk tweeted at the time that the problem stemmed from engine spin-start tests conducted by SpaceX, and that in the future, the company “will not spin-start all 33 engines at the same time.”
In addition to testing Booster 7, SpaceX also performed static fire tests of two of the six Raptor engines on Starship 24. This is the current prototype of the upper stage of the launch system, which will fly into space for the system’s first orbital flight test. It’s unclear when SpaceX intends to send Starship into orbit for the first time, but it may need to do more before then Testing, including static firing of more Raptor engines.
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