SpaceX test first launches massive super-heavy booster for Starship

SpaceX launched the massive launch vehicle for its new Starship spacecraft on Monday night (July 19) in a short first-of-its-kind test of the company’s ambitious new launch system.

A towering stainless steel booster, dubbed Super Heavy, fired three Raptor engines in a brief “static firing” test at SpaceX’s Starbase site in southern Texas, near the village of Boca Chica. Booster 3, as this Super Heavy is known, is the latest in a series of prototypes of the SpaceX Starship program, which aims to develop a fully reusable launch system for flights to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

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