Spacex placed a photo of the Starship raptor engine test on Instagram. SpaceX reported that they completed a two-second test fire of the Starship Raptor engine that hit 170 bar and ~116 metric tons of force – the highest thrust ever from a SpaceX engine and Raptor was at ~60% power.
There will be three Raptor engines on the Starhopper. SpaceX is repairing the nose cone of the Starhopper which was blown over in high winds. They are tracking to a March launch of the Starhopper.
SciNews uploaded a video to Youtube of the Raptor engine test.
There are reports and videos of longer tests of the new Raptor engine.
2nd @SpaceX engine test today! 8:34 pm CST – lasting just over 6 min. That must be the Raptor! Again, no rattling of windows this evening, but perhaps a lengthy, more steady burn was the goal. Will eagerly await announcements from the frontlines @elonmusk 😉
— Reagan Beck (@bluemoondance74) February 5, 2019
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019
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