Elon Musk seems very proud of his company’s new rocket engines, SpaceX.
Musk this week demonstrated a batch of new Raptor 2 engines at SpaceX’s Starbase facility in Texas, where they will be used on the company’s giant Starship spacecraft’s first orbital flight later this year.
“Raptor 2 rocket engines at Starbase, each producing over half a million pounds (230 tons) of force,” musk books On Twitter on Tuesday (April 26). Musk’s photo showed what appeared to be a dozen new rocket engines, but his fans on Twitter saw something else: the evil Daleks from Doctor Who.
Starbase’s Raptor 2 rocket engines, each producing over half a million pounds (230 tons) of force pic.twitter.com/9ixxXXceG326 April 2022
“It was only a matter of time before he started building the Daleks,” Twitter user Richard Nellis wrote That’s where the term “Daleks” started trending after sharing a photo of Musk.
“It turns out that Elon created the Daleks. Elon IS Davros,” Simon Booksanother Twitter user, referring to the creator of the Dalek warriors, who reside inside the machines, resemble the nozzle of a rocket engine.
It was only a matter of time before he started building the Daleks. pic.twitter.com/YsefAt6DgL26 April 2022
It turns out that Elon had created the Daleks. Elon is Davros. https://t.co/IwA6ID4wsh26 April 2022
Here’s a look at Doctor Who’s Daleks. Do you think SpaceX’s Raptor 2’s engines are the same?
At first I thought this is where a bunch of daleks pic.twitter.com/zuRzlwYC4l26 April 2022
To be clear, Elon Musk didn’t create a race of evil warriors who shout “Annihilation!” And they control the world. The Raptor 2 will be the primary engine for SpaceX’s Starship rockets and its Super Heavy boosters.
Each Super Heavy booster will be powered by 33 Raptor 2 engines while the Starship will use nine Raptor 2 engines of its own. Like SpaceX’s veteran Merlin engines on its Falcon 9 rockets, the Raptor 2 is designed to be reusable, as are the Starship and Super Heavy vehicles.
The Raptor 2 is fueled with liquid methane and liquid oxygen, a new fuel for SpaceX. Falcon 9 rockets use liquid oxygen and rocket kerosene in their Merlin engines.
SpaceX has been developing its own Raptor engines for several years, and as a result the Raptor 2. It features a more streamlined design over the first SpaceX version of the Raptor, including less complex pipelines and plumbing.
“The V1 looks like a stack of Christmas tree spaghetti – lots of ‘choppy’ bits,” Musk said on February 21. “V2 has been greatly simplified while increasing thrust at the same time.” 10 updated spacecraft.
SpaceX’s work may be simplifying the Raptor 2 that gave it a Dalek-like resemblance to Doctor Who fans this week. However, some fans of the sci-fi show were surprised that Musk didn’t target a different villain to emulate him.
I always thought Elon Musk would create Cybermen before he created the Daleks. pic.twitter.com/rGGFYoflsq26 April 2022
“I always thought Elon Musk would create Cybermen before he created the Daleks,” Geekgirlforever Books.