SpaceX fires up engines on huge Starship booster ahead of orbital test flight

e giant first-stage booster for its next-gen Starship deep-space transportation system.

SpaceX's South Texas facility, was unannounced and initially had people speculating

That landmark mission could lift off in the next few months, if all goes according to plan.

The Starship system consists of Super Heavy and a 165-foot-tall (50 meters) upper-stage spacecraft called Starship

Starship is powered by SpaceX's brawny new Raptor engine — 33 for the booster and six for the upper-stage spacecraft.

SpaceX has launched several upper-stage Starship prototypes on high-altitude test flights,

SpaceX is developing Starship to take people and cargo to the moon, Mars and other faraway destinations.

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