What Elon Musk’s Texas visit this weekend tells us about SpaceX’s new interplanetary Starship

SpaceX founder Elon Musk landed Saturday outside Waco to conduct tests of his redesigned Raptor rocket engine. The successful static tests of the new engine signal progress toward the eventual test flights of Musk’s Starship prototype, nicknamed Starhopper, which he aims to reach Mars. The company, which operates a rocket-engine-testing facility on a 4,300-acre site in McGregor, believes it is making leaps and bounds in the development of its interplanetary spaceship. The engine now sitting in Texas is a 200-ton class, meaning it has nearly double the thrust of any SpaceX engine in 15 years of development, according to Teslarati. Dallas Morning News

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Author: Matthew Randle