Elon Musk shows off first firing of SpaceX's Starship Raptor engine

Elon Musk posted spectacular videos of Space X's new rocket engine firing for the first time

These engines will likely power the Starship once its in space as well as the Super Heavy rocket that'll blast off from our planet in the first place.

SpaceX's Raptor engine test wasn't unnoticed though: People in the Central Texas area said they heard a loud pop during the event, and more similar sounds later on in the night, Ars Technica reported. Musk has said the prototype could start doing short-hop tests within the next month or two; although that schedule may have been set back by a storm that damaged the Hopper last month during construction.

To publicly show the first test fire following the design changes and have it work perfectly will be of great encouragement to the SpaceX team.

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The SpaceX CEO shared footage on Twitter from the first test firing of the Raptor rocket engine this weekend and provided an update the capabilities that will help it 'reach the moon as fast as possible'. SpaceX is now building a prototype of the rocket at its facility near Brownsville, Texas. As Business Insider reports, the engine underwent a radical redesign and is capable of 200 metric tons of thrust. The Super Heavy mounts 31 Raptor engines, while the Starship has seven.

In later responses, Musk said that the first orbital prototype should be ready by June. Before that can happen, SpaceX needs to make sure its engines are working as intended, and a test firing conducted on Sunday suggests that all is well.

SpaceX has been developing the Raptor engine over the last few years as part of its plan to eventually send tourists to Mars. Unlike SpaceX's Merlin engine, which runs on a mixture of RP-1 and LOX, the Raptor engine is fueled by cryogenic liquid methane and LOX.

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