Last year, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa was announced as SpaceX's first private traveller on the moon trip, scheduled to take place in 2023.
Elon Musk tweeted footage of Space X's Starship Raptor engine in action. 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.
SpaceX's new raptor rocket engine sure lives up to its name. SpaceX is now building a prototype of the rocket at its facility near Brownsville, Texas.
Elon Musk has lifted the veil on his "radically redesigned" Raptor engine, which will one day power the Super Heavy rocket and Starship on missions to the moon and beyond.
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This engine uses methox torch igniters, which are in turn started by "gaseous CH4/O2 & heavy duty spark plugs", so said Musk.
In a tweet, Musk said he was "so proud of great work" by the SpaceX team. 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.
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.
Raptor has gone through a number of design changes - originally, SpaceX planned to mount it to the ITS launch vehicle back in 2016 (powered by 42 Raptor engines), before changing gears and unveiling its BFR rocket concept (officially known as "Super Heavy" for the first stage, and Starship for the second).