Raptor, the engine that will take us to Mars, has already been started

The prolific Elon musk You have already turned on your "interplanetary transport system" for the first time, displaying a couple of images in your Twitter account. The so-called Raptor engine, now at the company's facilities in MacGregor, Texas, will be the one that will crown Musk's dream of taking us to Mars.

Musk has said that Raptor that has a thrust of about 3 million Newtons in the upper atmosphere. This is approximately three times more powerful than the company's most powerful engine, the Merlin 1-D, which is currently used by the Falcon 9.

Each of the SpaceX Raptors generates about 2224110.8 newtons of force, almost as much as the main space shuttle engine, with one important difference: they use liquid methane instead of kerosene. An indeterminate number of Raptor rocket engines will turn on the next generation of Spacex.

Musk plans to send the first unmanned capsule to Mars in 2018 and the first manned mission in 2024. But at the 67th International Astronautics Congress (IAC), which begins today in Guadalajara, Mexico, ** Musk plans to rename its colonization plans of the red planet **. The title of your talk will be Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species ("Making humans a multiplanetary species").

Video: SpaceX Starship Rocket Stands Ready for Elon Musk's Big Saturday Show (February 2020).