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SpaceX fires up 11 engines as it prepares massive rocket for orbital test - Ars Technica

SpaceX fires up 11 engines as it prepares massive rocket for orbital test - Ars Technica

SpaceX fires up 11 engines as it prepares massive rocket for orbital test - Ars Technica
Nov 29, 2022 51 secs

On Tuesday, SpaceX test-fired its Super Heavy rocket for about 12 seconds, making it the longest duration firing of the massive booster so far.

The test, which ignited 11 of the 33 Raptor rocket engines, came as SpaceX continues working toward an orbital launch attempt of this Super Heavy first stage and its Starship upper stage.

Earlier this month, SpaceX fired 14 Raptor engines on this booster for a few seconds, so Tuesday's test did not set a new record regarding the number of engines tested?

The company is taking an iterative design and development approach to the Starship vehicle and its Super Heavy first stage, so its test plans are fluid, not unlike the rocket's cryogenic propellants.

In all likelihood, SpaceX still has a couple of key tests to complete before the combined Super Heavy rocket and Starship upper stage are launched from the company's Starbase facility in South Texas.

Then the Starship upper stage will be stacked on top of Super Heavy, and the combined vehicles must complete a wet dress rehearsal.

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