Ahead of SpaceX's highly anticipated second orbital test flight with Starship, the space fairing company has fired up one of the Raptor engines powering the launch vehicle.
SpaceX is currently preparing for its second orbital launch attempt with the world's largest and most powerful rocket, Starship. The Elon Musk-led company set out to construct a rocket that is capable of traveling to the surface of the moon, and Mars can carry 100 tons of cargo for basic single-trip colonization of regions and is overall rapidly reusable.
In theory, SpaceX has achieved this with its design, but it has yet to reach space, and during the last test, Starship essentially erupted into flames, severing communications with HQ, which ultimately resulted in it having to be detonated. Ahead of the second orbital attempt, SpaceX has fired up one of its 39 Raptor engines, 33 for the Super Heavy booster and 6 for Starship. The single-engine static fire test was to demonstrate a flight-like startup for a Starship deorbit burn.
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