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SPACEX HAS STARTED TESTING THE ROCKET ENGINE FOR ITS MARS COLONIAL TRANSPORTER


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Sorry about the ALLCAPS SHOUTING TITILE! But I was too lazy to fix it.

Anyway...

http://www.popsci.com/spacex-has-started-testing-its-next-rocket-engine?dom=rss-default

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SpaceX has shipped a Raptor, its next generation rocket engine, to its test site in MacGregor, Texas, company president Gwynne Shotwell said today during the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah.

The Raptor, which will be powered by methane and liquid oxygen, is expected to be up to three times more powerful than the Merlin engines that power the company’s Falcon 9 and upcoming Falcon Heavy rockets. The Falcon Heavy could carry payloads and people to Mars; the Raptor is intended to power the next generation of rocket after it, known informally as BFR (guess what that stands for?).

 

Best of luck to them!

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Still couldn't pay me enough to leave earth.

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Now that's an impressive leap in technology.  Seeing as I don't think we can screw up Mars much, given that there isn't much in the environment, I look forward to seeing where this goes.

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We got to quit funding this rocket shit and jump directly to the Space Elevator if we finally want to make real progress.

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