Rocket engine SpaceX Raptor beat record Russian RD-180

At the end of 2018, during a regular correspondence on Twitter, SpaceX founder Elon Musk mentioned Russian rocket engine RD-180. He acknowledged his design "brilliant" and hinted that Boeing and Lockheed should be ashamed of its use in the Atlas rocket. It is promised that it Raptor engine will outpace the Russian design, and kept word - it became known that the rocket engine for spacecraft Starship ahead RD-180 on the level of pressure in the combustion chamber.

Rocket engine SpaceX Raptor beat record Russian RD-180

A new achievement Elon Musk shared on Twitter on 11 February. Until now, record belonged to the Russian RD-180 engine - according to scientific production association "ENERGOMASH", pressure inside the combustion chamber is 266 and 7 bar. Indicator Raptor little more, but the record clearly broken - an indicator of the pressure reached the level of 268, 9 bars.

Raptor today reached the mark of 268, 9 bars and broke the previous record set by the magnificent Russian RD-180. Excellent team work testers SpaceX engineers! Elon Musk, head of the Tesla and Space X

Recall that in early February engine Raptor successfully passed fire tests. Test layout engine has only three, but up to 7 engines will be included in the final version. They will be used in a spaceship Starship, which initially will fly to the moon, and then will head for Mars.

Russian RD-180 was created in the mid-1990s. He is actively used in the early stages of American Atlas launch vehicles, the rights to which belong to the company Lockheed Martin.

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