Watch: SpaceX Starship booster test with new cooling system

SpaceX tested its new water deluge system on its Starship booster on Sunday. The ignition test lasted just 2.74 seconds, and four of the vehicle’s engines shut down early. However, the launch pad appeared to be undamaged, and SpaceX said the test was a success.

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The water deluge system is designed to protect the launch pad from the heat and force of the rocket’s engines. Starship’s Super Heavy booster has 33 Raptor engines, and the force of igniting them all at once could cause significant damage to the launch pad. The water deluge system is designed to cool the launch pad and disperse the force of the engines, preventing damage.

This was the first time SpaceX tested the water deluge system while igniting the engines. The company plans to use the system on future Starship launches to protect the launch pad and ensure the safety of the rocket.

The test was conducted at SpaceX’s Starbase launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas. The test was live-streamed on SpaceX’s YouTube channel, and it attracted millions of viewers.

The test was a significant milestone for SpaceX’s Starship program. The company is hoping to use Starship to send humans to Mars. However, before Starship can make it to Mars, it needs to pass a series of rigorous safety tests.

The water deluge system test was one of those tests. The test was a success, and it shows that SpaceX is making progress on its Starship program.

SpaceX hasn’t yet set a launch date for Starship’s second test flight. However, the company has said that it is targeting a launch in the next few months. The second test flight will be a major milestone for the Starship program. If the test is successful, it will bring SpaceX one step closer to sending humans to Mars.