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Real Engineering explains why SpaceX chose steel for its starship even though the material has fallen out of use for propellant tanks.
Everyone has heard of SpaceX’s Starship. “SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy Rocket represent a fully reusable transportation system designed to service all Earth orbit needs as well as the Moon and Mars,” explains SpaceX’s site.
“This two-stage vehicle—composed of the Super Heavy rocket (booster) and Starship (ship)—will eventually replace Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon. By creating a single system that can service a variety of markets, SpaceX can redirect resources from Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon to Starship—which is fundamental in making the system affordable.”
But did you know that Starship is made of stainless steel?
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