SpaceX CEO Elon Musk with an ambitious plan to take humans to Mars has conducted the first firing test of the ‘Raptor’ rocket engine. SpaceX has already done its first test of the Raptor rocket engine that will take humans to Mars on 2024. Elon Musk took to social networking websites and in a series of tweets wrote about the program. He also posted pictures of the engine. ‘Mach diamonds’ a certain pattern formed in the exhaust windows of a supersonic craft. SpaceX fired the engine at its McGregor, Texas facility. Referring to the ‘match diamonds’, Musk had said the “production Raptor goal is a specific impulse of 382 seconds and thrust of 3 MN,” more than three times that of the current Falcon 9. The Red Dragon, methane-fueled car is said to be stronger than any current rocket.’
With nine of the methane-fueled motors, the Red Dragon will be far more powerful than any current rocket. SpaceX plans to send an unnamed spacecraft to Mars by the year 2018 and in 2024, the company will send humans to Mars. This can be a daunting task for the company since it will be a big project and the company’s latest mishap in the launchpad has raised many questions. Elon Musk will give a speech tomorrow at the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico, titled “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species.” Elon Musk since a long time has been vocal about his dream to colonise Mars, even calling it crucial ‘to safeguard the existence of humanity.’
SpaceX propulsion just achieved first firing of the Raptor interplanetary transport engine pic.twitter.com/vRleyJvBkx
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 26, 2016
Musk will announce the design of Mars Colonial Transporter and the other complete plans in order to colonise Mars. Musk tweeted a few more details following the tests, Chamber pressure. The Raptor tests went well?