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    SpaceX test fires giant Starship booster  — and spaceship  —  for 3rd test flight

    SpaceX closed out 2023 with a fiery double test of its next Starship megarocket booster and spacecraft on Friday (Sept. 29), sharing some stunning videos of both vehicles in the process.

    The dual test of engines on the giant Starship and Super Heavy rocket stages at SpaceX’s Starbase proving ground in Boca Chica, Texas on Friday comes as the company prepares for its third Starship launch test, which is expected in early 2024. 

    “Just completed static fire of Flight 3 Super Heavy Booster,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on Friday. The test, which lasted about 10 seconds, successfully fired all 33 Raptor engines on the Super Heavy booster, which serves as the first stage of the Starship rocket, the world’s largest and most powerful booster.

    SpaceX’s Starship Booster 10 test fires its 33 Raptor engines on Dec. 29,2023 in Boca Chica, Texas. (Image credit: SpaceX/Elon Musk)

    SpaceX’s official X account confirmed the successful test of the Super Heavy Booster 10, as well as a separate test of one Raptor engine on the Starship Ship 28 that will ride atop Super Heavy Booster 10 during the upcoming test flight. That Starship test was aimed at demonstrating the Raptor engine’s restart capabilities in space, the company said.

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