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Jan 6, 2021

SpaceX’s Starship SN9 prototype fires its engines for the 1st time

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The SN9 vehicle’s three engines lit up for about one second today (Jan. 6) at 5:07 p.m. EST (2200 GMT) during a static-fire test at SpaceX’s South Texas facilities, near the Gulf Coast village of Boca Chica.

Static fires, in which rocket engines blaze while a vehicle remains anchored to the ground, are a routine preflight checkout. And SN9 (“Serial No. 9”) will indeed get off the ground soon, if all goes according to plan: SpaceX is prepping the vehicle for a test flight that’s expected to be similar to the epic one made last month by its predecessor.

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