In pics: Elon Musk unveils SpaceX’s new Raptor engine

Elon Musk on Sunday tweeted videos and pictures re... more

The picture here shows the first firing of the Starship Raptor flight engine. Musk on Twitter said he was “So proud of great work by @SpaceX team!!” (Twitter/elonmusk)
1/9The picture here shows the first firing of the Starship Raptor flight engine. Musk on Twitter said he was “So proud of great work by @SpaceX team!!” (Twitter/elonmusk)
Musk explained the green tinge in the rocket flame was 'either camera saturation or a tiny bit of copper from the chamber'. (Twitter/elonmusk)
2/9Musk explained the green tinge in the rocket flame was 'either camera saturation or a tiny bit of copper from the chamber'. (Twitter/elonmusk)
The Raptor engine will power the Super Heavy (formerly known as the Big Falcon Rocket) fully reusable launch vehicle.   (Flickr/SpaceX)
3/9The Raptor engine will power the Super Heavy (formerly known as the Big Falcon Rocket) fully reusable launch vehicle.   (Flickr/SpaceX)
The Starship will be mounted on top of the fully reusable Super Heavy launch vehicle which will place it in the LEO. (Flickr/SpaceX)
4/9The Starship will be mounted on top of the fully reusable Super Heavy launch vehicle which will place it in the LEO. (Flickr/SpaceX)
The Super Heavy launch vehicle is expected to have a payload capacity to the Earth orbit of at least 100,000 kg (220,000 lb). Musk on Twitter said SpaceX is “Initially making one 200 metric ton thrust engine common across ship & booster to reach the moon as fast as possible. Next versions will split to vacuum-optimized (380+ sec Isp) & sea-level thrust optimized (~250 ton).” (Twitter/elonmusk)
5/9The Super Heavy launch vehicle is expected to have a payload capacity to the Earth orbit of at least 100,000 kg (220,000 lb). Musk on Twitter said SpaceX is “Initially making one 200 metric ton thrust engine common across ship & booster to reach the moon as fast as possible. Next versions will split to vacuum-optimized (380+ sec Isp) & sea-level thrust optimized (~250 ton).” (Twitter/elonmusk)
The Super Heavy will use up to 31 Raptor engines. Musk in an earlier tweet said it will probably involve fewer engines
6/9The Super Heavy will use up to 31 Raptor engines. Musk in an earlier tweet said it will probably involve fewer engines "in case it blows up." (Flickr/elonmusk)
The Starship is a reusable launch vehicle second stage with an integrated payload section. It will have the ability to operate as a long-duration crewed spacecraft on flights both in and beyond Earth orbit.
7/9The Starship is a reusable launch vehicle second stage with an integrated payload section. It will have the ability to operate as a long-duration crewed spacecraft on flights both in and beyond Earth orbit.
SpaceX has opted for a stainless steel structure and tank construction instead of the ceramic and composite tiles used on Nasa’s Space Shuttle missions. (Twitter/elonmusk)
8/9SpaceX has opted for a stainless steel structure and tank construction instead of the ceramic and composite tiles used on Nasa’s Space Shuttle missions. (Twitter/elonmusk)
The first orbital flight of this system is tentatively planned for 2020.  (Flickr/SpaceX)
9/9The first orbital flight of this system is tentatively planned for 2020.  (Flickr/SpaceX)
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