surprising explosion at SpaceX facilities during an engine test

surprising explosion at SpaceX facilities during an engine test
surprising explosion at SpaceX facilities during an engine test

The recording showing the apparent explosion of a new Raptor engineof the family developed by SpaceX— It has gone viral in the last few hours. According to what has been learned, the event occurred on the afternoon of this Thursday, May 23, at the facilities of the firm founded by magnate Elon Musk in the American city of McGregor, in the state of Texas.

As evidenced in the images captured by NASASpaceFlight, the incident occurred around 4:15 pm, local time. Although SpaceX has not officially commented on what happened, the clip shows the moment in which the fire is generated and after about fifteen seconds the Raptor engine, which runs on densified liquid methane and liquid oxygen as propellantsturns off.

(You can read: SpaceX’s Starship rocket takes off successfully but is lost upon returning to Earth)

Although the images have been surprising to the general public, there is no knowledge of the damage.

Expectation for a new Starship launch

The SpaceX Starship spacecraft lifts off from Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas, on March 14, 2024. SpaceX on Thursday carried out the third test launch of Starship, the world’s most powerful rocket that is vital to NASA’s plans for landing astronauts on the Moon and Elon Musk’s hopes of eventually colonizing Mars.. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)

Photo:AFP

At SpaceX, efforts are focused on the new launch of StarShipafter what happened on March 14.

(Also: Live | SpaceX launches the third test of its powerful Starship ship)

Although there is no clear date, expectations are that the launch of the largest ship seeking to reach outer space will occur in mid-June.

​This would be the fourth launch after the failed attempts in April and November 2023 and the one already mentioned above, in which the takeoff of the spacecraft was a success, but shortly after re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, the loss of the rocket was confirmed. .

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