SpaceX is testing 14 reactors at the same time

On Monday, November 14, the private company conducted the test of a prototype of its future Starship rocket.

On November 14, 2022, residents of Boca Chica Village, Texas were asked to stay away from their windows. This Monday, SpaceX conducted a static test of a prototype of SuperHeavy, the first stage of its future Starship heavy rocket. Fourteen Raptor engines out of the thirty-three that will make up the booster ignited, releasing huge plumes and causing multiple jets. According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, “the test went well” and the infrastructure does not appear to have suffered significant damage.

First flight test announced for December 2022

Ground crews are now installing additional protection on the launch pad for a full test of the thirty-three engines. If the latter goes well, the prototype of the second stage Starship should be assembled on the booster for a first flight, currently scheduled for December 2022.

The Starship rocket, SpaceX’s main priority according to its boss, is designed to carry a hundred-ton payload into low orbit. She was selected by NASA to play the role of lunar lander as part of the Artemis program.

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