[Spotted] SpaceX Ships Raptor Vacuum Engine for Starship to Texas from California: The Testing Continues?

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After the recent SpaceX test on the Starships which Elon Musk hilariously commented that it turned out that almost anything can fly with the right type of rockets. It seems like it isn't over as SpaceX recently tweeted that the Raptor Vacuum Engine otherwise known as the RVac which was designed for the Starships are now being shipped over to McGregor, Texas all the way from Hawthorne, California.

The first Raptor Vacuum engine (RVac) for Starship has shipped from SpaceX's rocket factory in Hawthorne, California to our development facility in McGregor, Texas pic.twitter.com/xp2luf6XaI — SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 5, 2020

SpaceX recent test

SpaceX recently tested out the SN6 prototype that launched way into the skies above the southern part of Texas on Thursday of September 3 in a sort of brief uncrewed test flight of the specific rocket that was designed for later on handling trips to the moon and also Mars.

The whole cylindrical vehicle is known as the Starship SN6 that looks just like a grain silo that is attached to a sort of rocket engine rising high into the air all the way above the SpaceX Boca Chica test site.

The SN6 actually hovered for a couple of minutes before setting down on its really stubby landing legs. This was all according to the given video of the whole event that was captured by the particular tourism site known as SPadre.com as well as NASASpaceflight.com.

The flight actually appeared to be quite similar to an August 4 test of the whole SpaceX Starship SN5 model, which recently was able to reach an altitude of about 500 feet or 150 meters on that specific hop.

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More about the SN6

The SN6 was actually launched as the second flight of the day for the SpaceX company all under the tested and proven Falcon 9 rocket that previously carried about 60 Starlink internet satellites all into orbit for the known SpaceX's growing megaconstellation of satellites aiming to provide better internet connection.

Starlink satellites have been able to go through a private beta and the results are pretty satisfactory in terms of the limited satellites deployed to the ratio of success they were able to accomplish.

The Starlink mission was able to provide a minimum of 100 Mbps connection which is fairly enough for the limited amount of satellites in orbit. The plan is to send a total of 12,000 satellites in space in order to be able to provide the service worldwide.

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Back to the SN6, The mission was able to lift off from the known Pad 39A of NASA's very own Kennedy Space Center located in Florida at about 8:46 AM EDT.

It seems like with SpaceX's tweet in which Elon Musk retweeted, the whole Starship is not yet done testing and those Raptor Vacuum Engines are to be put towards good use once they get to Texas.

There's always a lot going on with SpaceX which makes it really hard to fathom how billionaire Elon Musk is capable of managing SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink, and all his other companies at once.

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