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SpaceX tests all engines of its superheavy rocket; 31 out of 33 worked

Updated: Feb 11

'Booster B7' created the new power record

The static test lasted 6 seconds, with the activation of 31 of the 33 motors (one of them was turned off beforehand and the other stopped shortly after being turned on) - Carlos Nunez / Space Intelligence

SpaceX's SuperHeavy rocket booster ignited its engines on Feb. 9, 2023, at around 4:14 pm ET (19:14 GMT), in the first full static test of the superheavy payload rocket.

The operation took place at the company's Starbase test center in Boca Chica, Texas. Thirty-three Raptor 2 engines were fired, but the controllers shut one of them down shortly before full production of expected thrust, and another was shut down by the automatic management system; the remaining 31 engines ran for nearly 6 seconds, with the rocket and launch infrastructure "remaining intact" after the test. SpaceX said the "full intended duration" for the test had run.