Video Shows SpaceX Raptor Vacuum Engine Firing on a Starship As Elon Musk Eyes Mars

SpaceX has posted a dramatic video of the first firing of its Raptor vacuum engine integrated onto a Starship prototype. Starship is a reusable launch system being developed by Elon Musk’s company to carry people and cargo to the moon, Mars, and beyond. The firing test of the Raptor vacuum engine took place on Thursday … Read more

SpaceX: Vacuum engine was ignited for the first time on a Starship

Elon Musk may be the boss of Tesla and SpaceX, but his heart beats for the space company above all. The Starship project is being promoted accordingly and has now passed another milestone: the ignition of a vacuum engine. SpaceX boss Elon Musk has been dreaming of flights to the moon and later to Mars … Read more

Rolls-Royce’s Pearl 700 engine hits major test milestones

Rolls-Royce’s Pearl 700 engine has achieved important test milestones on its way to certification and entry into service next year. The business jet engine has reached more than 8,000 test cycles and more than 3,000 testing hours. During the test campaigns, the Pearl 700 has proved its reliability and performance under extreme conditions, experiencing cold … Read more

NASA completes rocket engine test series for lunar mission

Washington: NASA has successfully completed its rocket engine test series for its upcoming missions to the Moon and, eventually, Mars. The US space agency conducted RS-25 single-engine Retrofit-2 test series at Stennis Space Center near Bay St Louis in Mississippi on Septemeber 30, the agency said in a statement. “This successful test series for the … Read more

3D-printed BE-7 engine from Blue Origin enables moon landing

Foto: Blue Origin The private space technology company Blue Origin of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is continuing its BE-7 engine program at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. This week the program carried out the fourth thrust chamber test on its engine. The Hotfire tests serve to further validate the engine, which is being developed for … Read more

Test of the new Łukasiewicz-ILOT rocket. “The world’s first start with a detonation engine”

The declared successful demonstration of the spinning detonation technology – carried out by Polish engineers – is indicated by the authors themselves as a success on an international scale. “This is the world’s first successful attempt to use (as a rocket propulsion) a detonation engine powered by liquid propellants, liquid propane and liquid nitrous oxide” … Read more

SpaceX to expand rocket engine facility in McLennan County

Photo courtesy of SpaceX. By Camille Cox | Staff Writer SpaceX’s rocket development facility, located in McGregor, plans to expand its infrastructure, working with the Waco-McLennan County Economic County Corporation to finance and approve the efforts. SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, said its mission is to rethink the future and work toward “making humanity multiplanetary,” … Read more

Aerojet Rocketdyne Awarded NASA Contract for Orion Spacecraft Main Engine

Aerojet Rocketdyne Awarded NASA Contract for Orion Spacecraft Main Engine Press Release From: Aerojet Rocketdyne Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne to build the Orion Main Engine (OME), the primary propulsion element for NASA’s Orion spacecraft that will be used to explore deep space. Under the contract, which runs through 2032, … Read more

Launch startups Astra and Firefly ink secret rocket engine IP deal

Astra, the small launch company that recently went public, has signed a roughly $30 million deal for the rights to manufacture Firefly Aerospace’s Reaver rocket engines in-house, according to a document seen by The Verge and people familiar with the arrangement. The agreement is part of a growing trend of consolidation in an industry of … Read more