SpaceX's Starship fires up its raptor engines in second static test of SN8

SpaceX is one step closer to launching its Starship SN8 prototype 50,000 feet into the sky.

The Elon Musk-owned firm fired the rocket’s raptor engines for the second time during a static fire test at the company’s Texas facility.

SN8’s engines ignited, releasing debris, orange smoke and flames from the base that lit up the night sky around 7:10pm ET Tuesday evening.

After the fire died down, spectators could hear the roar of the raptor engines before the rocket shut down for the night.

This prototype is the first of SpaceX’s to take its first test flight with the attached nosecone at the top, suggesting Musk could soon send one of the massive rockets into space.

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SpaceX is one step closer to launching its Starship SN8 prototype 50,000 feet into the sky. The Elon Musk-owned firm fired the rocket’s raptor engines for the second time during a static fire test at the company’s Texas facility

SpaceX is one step closer to launching its Starship SN8 prototype 50,000 feet into the sky. The Elon Musk-owned firm fired the rocket’s raptor engines for the second time during a static fire test at the company’s Texas facility

Tuesday’s test marks the eight successful static fire tests for the raptor engines to date, however it is the second attempt for SN8.

The initial event took place on November 9, but was scrubbed with minutes left.

However, Tuesday was a success, as SpaceX was able to complete all the tasks leading up to the static fire.

One of the three raptor engines ignited first, followed by the other two seconds later.

SN8’s engines ignited, releasing debris, orange smoke and flames from the base that lit up the night sky around 7:10pm ET Tuesday evening. After the fire died down, spectators could hear the roar of the raptor engines before the rocket shut down for the night

SN8’s engines ignited, releasing debris, orange smoke and flames from the base that lit up the night sky around 7:10pm ET Tuesday evening. After the fire died down, spectators could hear the roar of the raptor engines before the rocket shut down for the night

SN8’s (pictured) 50,000 feet hop was speculated to happen this week, as documents show SpaceX requested road closures in the area. This would be the third Starship leave the launch pad – SN6 and SN5 are the only other rockets to achieve this feat

SN8’s (pictured) 50,000 feet hop was

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