Elon Musk Sends SpaceX's Raptor Rocket Engine Roaring Onto Twitter

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That's equivalent to the power of the BE-4 rocket engines that Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture is developing for its New Glenn rocket.

SpaceX last month said it was moving its testing of the Starship prototype to its south Texas site from the Port of Lost Angeles.

The Starship is the craft that is created to transport people across the Earth in hours and eventually carry humans to Mars.

He's posted gorgeous, fiery footage of a test firing of the Raptor engine on Twitter today.

On Sunday night, he tweeted two spectacular videos of the engine in action at Space X's test facility in Texas.

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Raptor engines will power the rockets of SpaceX's future, and company CEO Elon Musk wants the world to know that future is coming soon.

Both of these vehicles will be reusable and Raptor-powered. Green doesn't mean the Raptor engine is good to go though.

'Next versions will split to vacuum-optimized (380+ sec Isp) & sea level-thrust optimized (~250 ton)'.

The Raptor will represent a technological break for SpaceX engines. Development of the BE-4 will be completed later year, Bob Smith, chief executive of Blue Origin, said at a January 25 groundbreaking for a new factory in Huntsville, Alabama, that will produce the engine for both United Launch Alliance's Vulcan and the company's own New Glenn rocket. Among those twists have been high-powered winds, which have knocked the company's test rocket to the ground and leaving it in need of weeks of fix.

At the time, Musk noted that it might take "a few weeks" to fix the damage the spacecraft sustained, but remained upbeat about the project.

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