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SpaceX test-fire of Mars spaceship's flight engine is milestone for its engine development

In the latest sign of SpaceX's continuing progress on its Mars spaceship program, Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company has test-fired the Starship's Raptor flight engine for the first time.

The two-second test fire at SpaceX's McGregor, Texas, test facility, which Musk announced via Twitter on Sunday, marks a major coup for the Hawthorne company's rocket engine development. The Raptor engine uses a less conventional propellant than the Merlin engine SpaceX developed to power its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket.

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