Forget the Super Bowl, SpaceX just fired its Mars rocket engine

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According to (This article and its images were originally posted on Ars Technica February 4, 2019 at 09:03AM.)

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Enlarge / The first test firing of a flight version of SpaceX’s Raptor rocket engine.

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Elon Musk has been at SpaceX’s test site for its rocket engines in central Texas this weekend. The facility near McGregor is where the company both tests Merlin engines for Falcon 9 flights, and also performs some experimental firings.

Due to a variety of reasons including financial pressures, SpaceX is pushing hard on the development of its next-generation Super Heavy rocket and Starship spacecraft. This was evidenced this weekend when, at 1:15am Central Time on Sunday morning, Musk shared a nighttime picture of himself on the test stand at McGregor, saying “with engineering team getting ready to fire new Raptor rocket engine.” It was the dead of night on Super Bowl weekend, and they were working on an engine that won’t go into space for a few years. But that didn’t matter.

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This article and images were originally posted on [Ars Technica] February 4, 2019 at 09:03AM. Credit to the original author and Ars Technica | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.

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