Elon Musk confirms significant increase in thrust and weight reduction of Raptor 2 engines

Recently in Everyday Astronaut an image appeared, which demonstrated SpaceX’s Raptor 1 and Raptor 2 rocket engines. The authors of the post suggested that the Raptor 2 engine weighs about 1600 kg, while its previous version weighed 2000 kg. Elon Musk commented on this entry, confirming the voiced assumptions.

“Yes, about 20% more thrust and 20% less weight, but the focus is on production speed and reliability. Weight, thrust and speed will improve, as will production speed, reliability and cost. This is the only way to make life multiplanetary and expand consciousness.”Musk wrote.

Recall that the Raptor 2 engines are planned to be used to launch the Starship into space. It is currently located at the Starbase Launch Site in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX is working on obtaining a license from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct the first Starship orbital launch. To do this, the company will have to make 75 changes to the launch pad.

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