THE SPACEX Super Heavy rocket Booster 3 was fired up for the first time this week and the smokey event was captured on video.
CEO Elon Musk hopes this booster will help his Starship take humans to Mars.
YouTube / South Padre IslandThe video captures a great view of the test[/caption]
Tourist information site South Padre Island published an amazing video of the rocket booster in action.
The event was a static fire so the booster does not leave the ground but its fiery engine can be seen roaring.
The Super Heavy booster is intended to heave the Starship rocket into orbit before detaching and returning to Earth.
That’s why it needs excellent engines and lots of fire power.
“Full test duration firing of 3 Raptors on Super Heavy Booster!” – Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO
SpaceX tested its Booster 3 prototype on Monday at the SpaceX Starbase facility in southern Texas.
Musk tweeted after the test: “Full test duration firing of 3 Raptors on Super Heavy Booster!”
The successful tests means the rocket system is one step closer to taking humans to Mars.
SpaceX plans to test a Booster 4 prototype that’s currently in the works.
However, Musk has said that a nine-engine test on the Booster 3 may be conducted first.
There are also plans for an orbital launch once the booster is ready.
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In other space news, Jeff Bezos says his Blue Origin mission was a ‘tiny step in building a road to space’.
Sir Richard Branson made history earlier this month after successfully reaching space in his commercial Virgin Galactic spaceplane.
And, aliens may have dropped life-detecting sensors onto Earth, according to a Harvard University professor.
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