Elon Musk just showed off SpaceX's Starship Raptor engine firing

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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. 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 has been working on the Raptor engines for a number of years with redesigns along the way, as it gears up towards eventually sending people around the moon. Starship will launch atop a giant rocket SpaceX calls Super Heavy. In December 2018, Musk tweeted that the Raptor had been "radically redesigned", while not elaborating.

Elon Musk, it seems, had better things to do than watch football on Sunday.

He also said on Friday that the Raptor would be further optimized for operations in vacuum and at sea level. At that time, test-firing of the new engine was scheduled for January. "When asked about the color, Musk explained on Twitter, "[The] engine use methox torch igniters.

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Once testing in McGregor is complete, the Raptor will be shipped to the South Texas site to be installed on the Starship hopper test article there, with two other engines expected to follow.

The prototype (or hopper) experienced some major setbacks last month when it was toppled by strong winds in Texas.

These early tests are vital to Starship's success, but you might remember a couple of weeks back when the Starship was in the headlines for an entirely different reason.

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.