SpaceX is designing a new spacecraft. It will be substantially more capable of interplanetary travel after the successful landing of its current spacecraft. SpaceX created the Raptor stage-combustion engine, especially for the Starship launch system. This is the company’s attempt to build the biggest rocket in the world. As part of SpaceX’s expansion plan, they will use Starship to deliver payloads to various orbits and planetary bodies.
The Raptor is crucial for the success of Martian settlement since it burns fuel that can be easily sourced from the surrounding environment. Additionally, raptor engines are essential to propel the spaceship into interplanetary orbit and escape Earth’s gravitational pull. They generate a tremendous thrust and can lift loads up to 100 tons. Using SpaceX rockets, Starship will transport the essential supplies to support human life on Mars. This includes powerful, reusable rockets such as the Falcon 9 that can launch payloads into low earth orbit weighing 22,000 kilograms. This 1.5-ton engine provides 230 tons of thrust per ton of weight to the Starship. Raptor 2 is currently undergoing rigorous testing at SpaceX’s McGregor test facility. Watch this video at Tech Planet to learn more.