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Here's a Fiery Glowing Test of the New SpaceX Raptor Engine

Here's a Fiery Glowing Test of the New SpaceX Raptor Engine

The Raptor engine is quite a bit different than the Merlin, which powers SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets.

The Starship is the craft that is created to transport people across the Earth in hours and eventually carry humans to Mars.

To publicly show the first test fire following the design changes and have it work perfectly will be of great encouragement to the SpaceX team.

On Sunday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared photos and video of the company's Starship Raptor engine firing in its first ground test.

Both of these vehicles will be reusable and Raptor-powered.

The Raptor let out a thunderous roar as it fired up.

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As to why the flames are iridescent, Musk explains in a follow-up tweet that, "Engine use methox torch igniters".

He said in December that the engine had undergone a "radical redesign". "Next versions will split to vacuum-optimized (380+ sec Isp [specific impulse]) & sea-level thrust optimized (~250 ton)".

The Raptor will represent a technological break for SpaceX engines. Early launching of said units are supposed to be taking off in the next several years.

Once testing in McGregor is complete, the Raptor will be shipped to the South Texas site to be installed on the Starship hopper test article there, with two other engines expected to follow.

The entire hollow nosecone broke off, and at the time, Musk said it would take a few weeks to fix.

The prototype (or hopper) experienced some major setbacks last month when it was toppled by strong winds in Texas. Musk said January 23 that it will take "a few weeks" to fix that section of the vehicle.