SpaceX’s SN20 Starship prototype roars to life in 1st static fire tests (video)

SpaceX fired up its SN20 Starship prototype in earnest for the first time Thursday night (Oct. 21), notching a big milestone on the vehicle’s planned path to orbit.

The 165-foot-tall (50 meters) SN20, which is currently outfitted with two Raptor engines, performed a brief “static fire” test at 8:16 p.m. EDT Thursday (0016 Oct. 22 GMT) at SpaceX’s Starbase facility, near the South Texas town of Boca Chica.

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