Elon Musk Shares Incredible View of the Fuel Lines in SpaceX’s Super Heavy Booster

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted an image of the Raptor Engine system that is part of the Super Heavy booster that will eventually launch his massive Starship vehicle into orbit — and it looks like something out of Star Wars. .

The photo highlights a maze of connecting fuel lines that one Twitter user suggests resembles Sarlacc — an alien beast buried in the Great Pit of Carkoon, with only a mouthful of teeth visible.

“The inspiration I suppose,” the Twitter user shared in the caption of the Sarlacc photo, to which Musk then replied, “I mean, of course.”

Sarlacc’s lair was the place of amusement for Jabba the Hutt, who forces captives into the creature’s gaping mouth to watch them be cut to pieces.

While the Raptor engine’s inner workings look like something out of the hit sci-fi movie, it emphasizes the intricate details needed to create each of the 29 rockets that will sit under the booster.

“Completion of 29 Raptor rocket engine feed system on Super Heavy Booster,” Musk wrote in the caption, adding that the image showed “only the primary fuel lines.”

The image also shows how huge the engine is, as another Twitter user pointed out that 23 SpaceX employees were working in the maze of pipes.

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SpaceX Super Heavy booster, which will eventually launch the massive spaceship into orbit, is nearing completion, and Elon Musk shared an image on Twitter of the Raptor Engine’s fuel system that looks like something out of Star Wars.

SpaceX is building a 160-meter Starship prototype, known as serial number 20 (SN20), which the company plans to attach to the Super Heavy booster and launch into orbit next month.

The spaceship needs the booster stage to reach Earth orbit, and together the two reach a whopping 394 feet in length, much taller than the Statue of Liberty with its full plinth, reaching 305 feet.

Without the plinth, Lady Liberty is closer to 151 feet, comparable in size to Starlink’s top staircase, which stands at 160 feet.

According to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will launch the prototype from Texas and make a “soft ocean landing” off the coast of Hawaii after spending 90 minutes in orbit.

The photo highlights a maze of connecting fuel lines that one Twitter user suggests resembles Sarlacc - an alien beast buried in the Great Pit of Carkoon, with only a mouthful of teeth visible

The photo highlights a maze of connecting fuel lines that one Twitter user suggests resembles Sarlacc – an alien beast buried in the Great Pit of Carkoon, with only a mouthful of teeth visible

“The inspiration I suppose,” the Twitter user shared in the caption of the Sarlacc photo, to which Musk then replied, “I mean, of course.” Sarlacc’s lair was the place of amusement for Jabba the Hutt, who forces captives into the creature’s gaping mouth to watch them be cut to pieces

Once the booster has launched Starship into orbit, it will return to Earth, where it will land in the Gulf of Mexico, about 20 miles from the coast.

While the massive spaceship is still sitting in pieces on the launch pad at SpaceX’s Boca Chica, Texas facility, the company is continuing with testing.

The most recent progress saw the team fire Booster 3 on July 19, the first prototype Super Heavy that rolled to the launch site.

A total of three-engine Static Fire testing has been done, paving the way for Booster 4, which is currently stacked in the High Bay.

The booster started all three engines for the expected duration, confirmed by Musk before noting that “depending on progress with Booster 4, we may be able to try a 9 engine on Booster 3.”

The most recent progress saw the team fire Booster 3 on July 19, the first prototype Super Heavy that rolled to the launch site.  is currently stacked in the High Bay

The most recent progress saw the team fire Booster 3 on July 19, the first prototype Super Heavy that rolled to the launch site. is currently stacked in the High Bay

SpaceX is building a 160-meter Starship prototype, known as serial number 20 (SN20), which the company plans to attach to the Super Heavy booster and launch the rocket into orbit as early as next month, giving Musk take a step closer to colonization

SpaceX is building a 160-meter Starship prototype, known as serial number 20 (SN20), which the company plans to attach to the Super Heavy booster and launch the rocket into orbit as early as next month, giving Musk take a step closer to colonization

A year ago, Elon Musk announced to SpaceX employees that the progress of the Starship was a top priority, accelerating progress “dramatically and immediately.”

That resulted in a rapid increase in the number of Starship prototypes being built, often with a new prototype ready before the previous one was even tested.

The test flights ranged from the static firing of the engines to launching up to six miles in the air and attempting to land back on the launch pad.

The first time SpaceX landed without blowing up was on May 5, when the SN15 rocket flew up six miles and then returned safely to the landing pad.

SpaceX is working with the FCC, the United States Air Force, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration before flight to arrange the safest time for launch.

One of SpaceX’s primary goals is to ensure that the Starship rockets are reusable, and future tests will ensure that both phases return to the launch pad rather than the ocean.

Musk has calculated that to achieve his goal of to put a million people on Mars by 2025, its Starship rockets would need to make about three flights a day and a total of 1,000 flights a year.

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