WATCH: SpaceX Successfully Conducts Static Fire Test for Starship and Super Heavy Rocket
By Space Coast Daily // February 10, 2023
Views from drone of Booster 7’s static fire test pic.twitter.com/KN4sk1nohf
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BOCA CHICA, TEXAS – SpaceX announced on Thursday that they successfully held at Static Fire Test of 33 Raptor engines on Booster 7.
The achievement by SpaceX is considered a major development in the process for the Starship and Super Heavy Rocket.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the test was a success despite only one of the engines being shut off prior to the test and another engine shut off during the test.
Musk says despite the two engines, the test is a success and that the rocket would still have enough engines to reach orbit.
“Team turned off 1 engine just before start & 1 stopped itself, so 31 engines fired overall. But still enough engines to reach orbit!” said Elon Musk via Twitter.
The static fire lasted about seven seconds, the duration that SpaceX had mapped out beforehand.
The Starship launch is now one step closer to its first-ever orbital test flight, which could take place as soon as next month on Florida’s Space Coast.