#SpaceX video: Watch #Starship SN9 prototype test its engines for first time

SPACEX has just conducted its first Starship SN9 triple Raptor Static Fire test, fuelling hopes the Elon Musk-owned space company will soon follow-up with an actual launch.

PUBLISHED: 08:37, Thu, Jan 7, 2021 | UPDATED: 08:39, Thu, Jan 7, 2021

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SpaceX conduct static fire engine test on Starship SN9

Dramatic video has shown Elon Musk’s pioneering SpaceX test firing its latest iteration of Starship for the first time. Wednesday, January 6, witnessed the SpaceX Starship Serial No. 9 (SN9) test vehicle's three engines briefly let rip, with the cutting-edge Raptor engines ignited for just one second at 5.07pm ET local time (10pm GMT).

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This crucial static-fire test occurred at the space company’s base near Boca Chica, South Texas.

The latest SpaceX static fires involved igniting the SN9 prototype’s Raptor rocket engines, while the model vehicle was securely tethered to the ground.

Following the success of Wednesday’s test, expectation is now rising that the next step in SN9’s development will soon involve a launch proper.

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SpaceX is now thought to be readying Starship SN9 for a test flight closely resembling one made by its predecessor in December.

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SpaceX factsSpaceX video: SpaceX has just conducted its first Starship SN9 triple Raptor Static Fire test (Image: Express)

SpaceX video: This crucial static-fire test occurred at the space company’s base near Boca ChicaSpaceX video: This crucial static-fire test occurred at the space company’s base

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