SpaceX tested the “static firing” of the Super Heavy rocket engines on September 19 as a preparation step for the Starship’s first orbital flight.
A Super Heavy missile tested a static fire on September 19
The Super Heavy rocket tested a static fire on September 19 and on the right rear is a prototype of the Starship spacecraft. (Photo: SpaceX)
Seven Raptor engines new on prototype Super heavy missile “Booster 7” conducted a static fire test on September 19 at the Starbase spaceport in the US state of Texas, marking the largest number of Raptor engines ever fired simultaneously by SpaceX.
The static fire test included refueling drills and igniting the engine at maximum thrust while the rocket was securely attached to the launch pad. This is an important test to verify the engine starting process while measuring the pressure, temperature and slope of the propellant flow.
SpaceX is preparing for the first orbital flight of the Starship spacecraft which is expected to take place in the coming months. To do this, the spacecraft needs the support of Super Heavy booster rockets. The two constitute a next-generation space transportation system – collectively known as Spatialship – which SpaceX is developing to send people and goods to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
While the Starship (50 m high) uses 6 Raptor engines, the Super Heavy rocket (70 m high) is equipped with up to 33 Raptor engines. This duo is designed to be completely reusable.
On September 9, SpaceX also conducted a static fire test of all 6 engines of a Starship prototype called Ship 24. During the September 19 static fire test, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said that all 7 Booster 7 engines were working as expected.
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On September 19, SpaceX conducted a “static firing” test of Super Heavy rocket engines as a preparation step for the first orbital flight…