Blue Origin posted video of a BE-4 engine test


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Amazing :smiley:
Is that a methane/oxygen ?
Maybe do You know what the specific impulse is on that beast ?


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I believe yes it’s Methane/Oxygen. I have no idea what the ISP is.

related:
https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/09/28/bezos-rocket-engine-selected-for-new-vulcan-rocket/

Blockquote Two BE-4 engines, generating 550,000 pounds of thrust each, will power the Vulcan’s first stage


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United Launch Alliance couple days ago sign a contract to use this engines on first stage Vulcan rocket.


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Big fan of big mach diamonds.


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After reading a bit of this staged combustion cycle rocket engines I then realized that BE-4 and
Raptor it’s a very different beasts. Although they are both LCH4 / LOX engines.
Btw BE-4 has a very interesting spec. Life span 25 (at least) launch/descent cycles. It’s very important from the reuse abilities perspective. And what’s very interesting that Raptor has higher pressure in combustion chamber than BE-4. So more stress on materials. As far as I know they are currently using SX300 Inconel alloys or even started with SX500 as Elon said. Inconel alloys are basically nickel/chromium with some Fe, Mo, Nb, Ta, Co, Mn, Cu and so on. I just hope materials engineers will find a solution for Raptor. And we will see even better launch/descent cycles life span.