Tidio Live Chat Software - Add Tidio live chat software to your website in minutes. Contact visitors and turn them into happy customers. Enhance their experience and boost your sales. Get it for Free

Must Read

SpaceX, run by tech billionaire Elon Musk, has conducted the SN20 Starship prototype’s first static fire test to prepare for the spacecraft’s launch.

The private space corporation fired up its SN20 Starship prototype in earnest for the first time on Thursday night, notching a big milestone on the vehicle’s planned path to orbit, Space.com reported.

Also Read

The 165-foot-tall SN20, which is currently outfitted with two Raptor engines, performed a brief “static fire” test at 8.16 p.m. EDT at SpaceX’s Starbase facility, near the South Texas town of Boca Chica.

The test seemed to involve just one of the two Raptors, as pointed out by commentators with NASASpaceflight.com, which live-streamed the event. One of SN20’s engines is a standard “sea-level” Raptor, whereas the other is a “vacuum” version optimized to operate in space.

Elegant Themes - The most popular WordPress theme in the world and the ultimate WordPress Page Builder. Get a 30-day money-back guarantee. Get it for Free

About half an hour after the test, SpaceX confirmed via Twitter that the vacuum Raptor had fired up. According to the company, it was the first such trial of a vacuum Raptor integrated on a Starship vehicle.

Then, at 9.18 p.m. EDT on Thursday, SN20 conducted a second static fire. This one looked a bit brighter and more powerful than the first and may have involved both Raptors, as a NASASpaceflight.com commentator noted.

SpaceX is developing Starship to take people and cargo to the moon, Mars, and other distant destinations. NASA has already signed on, picking Starship as the first crewed lunar landing system for its Artemis moon program.

Starship consists of two elements — a spacecraft called Starship and a giant first-stage booster known as Super Heavy. Both will be fully reusable and powered by Raptors — six for the final Starship and 29 for Super Heavy.

SN20 will eventually sport six Raptors — three standard and three vacuum, the report said.

SpaceX is prepping the vehicle for an orbital flight test in the coming months, a first for the Starship program. Starship prototypes have been launched before, but those were three-engine (at most) vehicles that reached a maximum altitude of about 6 miles (10 kilometers).

Save up to 60% on OptinMonster

Stay updated

Subscribe to our newsletter and never miss an update on the latest tech, gaming, startup, how to guide, deals and more.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest

Grow Your Business

Place your brand in front of tech-savvy audience. Partner with us to build brand awareness, increase website traffic, generate qualified leads, and grow your business.

- Advertisement -

Grow Your Business

Get these business solutions, tools and services to help your business grow.
Elementor

Elementor -Join 5,000,000+ Professionals Who Build Better Sites With Elementor. Build your website with 100% visual design that loads faster and speeds up the process of building them.

WP Rocket

WP Rocket - Speed up your website with the most powerful caching plugin in the world. The website speed increase means better SEO ranking, user experience, and conversation. It’s a fact that Google loves a fast site.

Kinsta

Kinsta - If you are looking for WordPress managed hosting, Kinsta is in the leading front. Kinsta provides WordPress hosting for a small or large business that helps take care of all your needs regarding your website with cutting-edge technology.

OptinMonster

OptinMonster - Instantly boost leads and grow revenue with the #1 most powerful conversion optimization toolkit in the world. 700,000+ websites are using OptinMonster to turn their traffic into leads, subscribers, and sales.

Related

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -