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BUSINESS BEAT : Engine trial is a coup for SpaceX

Feb 05, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

In the latest sign of SpaceX's progress on its Mars spaceship program, CEO Elon Musk said the company has test-fired the Starship's Raptor flight engine for the first time.

The two-second test fire at SpaceX's McGregor, Texas, test facility, which Musk announced via Twitter on Sunday, marks a major coup for the Hawthorne company's rocket engine development. The Raptor engine uses a less conventional propellant than the Merlin engine SpaceX developed to power its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket. ...