SpaceX , which is even more secure than NASA, about sending people to Mars , continues its work on the giant spaceship Starship. The company has now begun testing the final version of the new generation rocket engine Raptor , ready for space . You can watch Raptor Vacuum’s first firing images shared on Twitter below.
The Starship interplanetary transport system designed by SpaceX to carry humanity to Mars and the Moon will be powered by the Raptor engines you have seen above. SpaceX only plans to install six of these engines on the Starship ship. Starship will have the capacity to reach space from the surface of the Moon and Mars. It needs the reinforcement of the propellant rocket named Great Heavy to get out of the earth’s surface. Wonderful Heavy will also feature 28 Raptor engines.
The Raptor engine, first announced by Elon Musk in 2013, is about three times more powerful than the Merlin engines currently used in Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy . It has a driving force of about 250 tons. As the expected SpaceX reusable designed motor, the power of the liquid methane and liquid oxygen. According to the phrases given by SpaceX officials, the Raptor was designed with the complete interplanetary travels in mind.
SpaceX had begun testing Raptor engines regularly over the past year. Successful tests were performed on Starship’s SN series prototype versions. SN1-SN7 prototypes featured only a single Raptor engine, these test samples could only reach 150 meters in height. SpaceX is now preparing the SN8 prototype with three Raptor engines. The SN8, which is expected to be ready for next week, will rise to a height of exactly 20 kilometers.
SpaceX plans to launch Starship into space by 2021 and begin its first Starship official missions. Later , they aim to transport people to the Moon in 2023 and Mars in 2025 .
Raptor engine and Mars
We have stated that SpaceX prefers liquid methane as fuel in the new Raptor engine. When we look at the reasons for this, we see that the Red Planet Mars plays a big role here. SpaceX, aiming to make the dream of reusable rocket come true since the day it was founded, wants to reuse the rockets it will send to Mars in the future. This is where the methane source, which is heavily found on the Red Planet, comes into play.
As you know, one of the biggest drawbacks of interplanetary space travel is the fuel problem. Even if we can send a person to Mars with today’s technology, unfortunately we cannot find the necessary fuel to bring him back. So the plans to send people to Mars are mostly based on the fact that the first person to go there must also live there for the rest of his life.
SpaceX’s Raptor engines powered by liquid methane, on the other hand, offer a valuable analysis right here. SpaceX thinks that methane on Mars can be easily synthesized from the surface by the Sabatier response, and in this way refill the rocket’s fuel.
In fact, we are talking about turning a great science fiction dream into reality, making human beings an interplanetary living creature. NASA’s plans to send people to Mars have become the object of criticism arrows today. Although SpaceX is a young private company in the space branch, it can get ahead of all space agencies and sign a valuable element in human history.