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The StarsX spaceship launches its Raptor engines in SN8's second static test


SpaceX is one step closer to launching its Starship SN8 prototype.

The Elon Musk-owned company fired the rocket's Raptor engines for the second time during a static fire test at the company's Texas facility.

SN8's engines ignited and released debris, orange smoke, and flames from the base that lit the night sky at around 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday evening.

After the fire went out, onlookers could hear the roar of the raptor engines before the rocket shut down for the night.

This prototype is SpaceX's first to make its first test flight with the nosecone attached, suggesting that Musk could soon launch one of the massive rockets into space.

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SpaceX is one step closer to launching its Starship SN8 prototype. The Elon Musk-owned company fired the rocket's Raptor engines for the second time during a static fire test at the company's Texas facility

Tuesday's test marks the eight successful static fire tests for the Raptor engines to date. However, it is the second attempt for SN8.

The first event took place on November 9th but was scrubbed with minutes left.

Tuesday was a success, however, as SpaceX was able to complete all of the tasks that led to the static fire.

One of the three Raptor engines fired first, the others two seconds later.

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SN8's engines ignited and released debris, orange smoke, and flames from the base that lit the night sky at around 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday evening. After the fire went out, onlookers could hear the roar of the raptor engines before the rocket shut down for the night

SN8's engines ignited and released debris, orange smoke, and flames from the base that lit the night sky at around 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday evening. After the fire went out, onlookers could hear the roar of the raptor engines before the rocket shut down for the night

It has been speculated that SN8's 50,000-foot jump (pictured) is due to take place this week, as documents show SpaceX has requested road closures in the area. This would be the third spacecraft to leave the launch pad - the SN6 and SN5 are the only other rockets that can accomplish this feat

It has been speculated that SN8's 50,000-foot jump (pictured) would take place this week as documents show that SpaceX has requested road closures in the area. This would be the third spacecraft to leave the launch pad – the SN6 and SN5 are the only other rockets that can accomplish this feat

All of this created a massive cloud of smoke, in addition to the shards that blew out from the base.

About five seconds after the incident, the engines shut off and Starship was standing – still intact.

Teslarati reports that the rubble was likely concrete erosion – nothing that was considered alarming.

It has been speculated that SN8's 50,000-foot jump would take place this week as documents show SpaceX has requested road closures in the area.

This would be the third spacecraft to leave the launch pad – the SN6 and SN5 are the only other rockets that can accomplish this feat.

The massive vehicle is SpaceX's planned next-generation fully reusable launch vehicle and the center of Musk's ambitions to make space travel affordable for humans.

Musk previously said that the lifespan of any spacecraft will be around 20 to 30 years, "like an airplane".

According to the billionaire, around three Starship flights will be launched from Earth every day, or around 1,000 flights a year, and each will have a capacity of more than 90,000 pounds.

By continually moving people over 180 million miles to Mars, Musk predicts 1,000 people by 2030 and about a million people by 2050.

DuThe Massive Craft is SpaceX's planned next-generation fully reusable launcher and the center of Musk's ambitions to make space travel affordable for humans.

DuThe Massive Craft is SpaceX's planned next-generation fully reusable launcher and the center of Musk's ambitions to make space travel affordable for humans.

Musk unveiled the first Starship prototype in 2019, hoping the rocket would fly in low orbit by March this year and have people inside by the end of 2020.

However, the Starship program has experienced a number of bumps in its journey that Musk has addressed in the past.

"I hope we do a lot of flights," said Musk. & # 39; The first ones might not work. This is new territory.

“Nobody has ever made a fully reusable orbital missile. So it's pretty important to have that at all. & # 39;

Although there have been numerous setbacks, Musk is now aiming for the rocket's first orbital test flight in 2021.

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