SpaceX fired up its Starship Tremendous Heavy Booster 9 for a static check of its liquid methane-fueled Raptor rocket engines. The check was marketed to final “just below 5 seconds” however gave the impression to be minimize quick at 2.74 seconds. 4 of the 33 Raptor engines had been reported to have shut down prematurely.
It was additionally the primary engine check utilizing a brand new water deluge system put in on the launch pad following the primary Built-in Check Flight for the Starship car on April 20. The check flight, which led to a fiery, high-altitude explosion over the Gulf of Mexico, additionally induced intensive harm to the towering rocket’s Starbase launch facility at Boca Chica, Texas. The rocket’s exhaust ripped up the concrete base of the launch mount, sending blocks of concrete flying and excavating a big gap. SpaceX has added a large water-cooled metallic plate beneath the launch pad pedestal to guard the construction.