SpaceX Starship prototype returns to factory after simulated Raptor testing

A SpaceX Starship prototype that could become the first to launch into space has returned to the company’s Starbase rocket factory after completing a series of thorough proof tests. Starship S24’s test campaign got off to a rough start when the roughly nine-meter (30 ft) wide, 50-meter (~165 ft) tall rocket blew a high-pressure pipe … Read more

2023 Ford Bronco Raptor interior revealed in new spy photos

See Full Image Gallery >> A 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor prototype looking suspiciously similar to the one Ford teased late last year has been spotted in the wild with a partially uncovered interior, giving us our first look at what the Blue Oval has in store for the new apex Bronco’s cabin. While many details … Read more

Elon Musk says SpaceX making good progress on Starship’s upgraded Raptor 2 engines

As is routine, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to offer a few details about the status of Starship, its Raptor engines, and a few upgrades planned for both. In mid-December, Musk revealed even more ambitious plans to upgrade Starship by stretching its propellant tanks and adding another three Raptor engines, potentially boosting … Read more

SpaceX: Raptor 2 Engine Operates at 300 Bar Main Pressure Chamber, Beating 2019 Record; Ready for Mars?

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed that the Raptor 2 engine operates at 300 bar main pressure chamber meant for the Starship spacecraft for its upcoming missions. The new version of the Raptor beat the previous record it held last 2019, particularly those used for the other spacecraft of the space company. SpaceX Raptor 2 Engine … Read more

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’s first orbital-class Starship stretches ‘wings’ ahead of Raptor installation

SpaceX’s first orbital-class Starship prototype was spotted stretching its ‘wings’ on Sunday after completing a successful cryogenic proof test late last week. While minor relative to almost any other testing milestone, the small step still serves as a reminder that the end goal of Ship 20’s test campaign is a launch on Super Heavy to … Read more

SpaceX prepares Starship, Super Heavy for milestone Raptor static fire tests

SpaceX has scheduled a full week with as many as 30 hours of road and beach closures for Starship and Super Heavy testing and is working hard to prepare the first orbital-class ship and booster for several major challenges. First rolled to SpaceX’s Starbase orbital launch site more than six weeks ago and stacked together … Read more

SpaceX reinstalling 29 Raptor engines on first orbital-class Starship booster

For the second time this month, SpaceX has begun installing 29 Raptor engines on Starship’s first orbital-class Super Heavy booster, potentially paving the way for several crucial milestones. On August 1st, around the same time as SpaceX finished installing car-sized grid fins on a Super Heavy for the first time, the company began the process … Read more

Gigantic SpaceX rocket booster gets 29 engines in record time

SpaceX is making progress with the construction of the first orbital-compatible super heavy booster at a previously unknown pace. Now it can be reported that all 29 Raptor engines could be installed in 24 hours. However, there are still a few more hurdles to face. Super Heavy got its 29 drives The test of the … Read more

SpaceX outfits first orbital-class Starship booster with grid fins, Raptor engines

In the space of two days, SpaceX has outfitted Starship’s first orbital-class Super Heavy booster with four car-sized grid fins, stacked the rocket to its full height, and begun the process of installing up to 29 Raptor engines. As part of what CEO Elon Musk has described as a “Starbase Surge,” SpaceX has reportedly sent … Read more