SpaceX: Elon Musk’s owned, SpaceX is planning to launch its second starship today. The new Starship will replace the grid fin actuator on the launch stack. The company will launch the new Starship launch rocket from the Starbase today (November 18). SpaceX will organize a webcast of the Starship’s launch. Check why is generating so much interest among Netizens.
SpaceX Starship‘s 33 Engines
Elon Musk has recently shared the picture of Starship’s 33 Engine. He captioned his X post by writing “Standing under Starship’s 33 engines.”
Standing under Starship’s 33 engines pic.twitter.com/Z3cGQ1hE5q— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2023
SpaceX’s Starship gets 39 engines- 33 on the super Heavy first stage and another 6 on the upper stage space craft. These engines are also known as raptor engines. SpaceX uses these powerhouses to power its most capable spacecraft, Starship launch Vehicle which generates around 2309 metric tons of thrust. Check out key features of the Raptor engines below.
Key Features of Raptor Engine in Starship
The Raptop engine used in Starship spacecraft comes with closed-cycle combustion system. This technology allows to reuse its fuel and oxidizer for generating thrust. It benefits in terms of fuel efficiency and propellent consumption.
The company’s raptor engine has been tested for over 20000 cycles. So it can be considered as one of the most reliable engine ever made in the space industry.
The Raptor engines are known for their capacity to achieve a high exhaust velocity of 3.7 km/second which makes it one of the most efficient rocket engines made in the space industry.