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Elon Musk shows off the assembled Starship test rocket – TechCrunch



After weeks teasing renderings and production photos, Elon Musk finally showed off the finished starship test rocket last night

As you can see, the Starship test rocket has a stainless steel skin, which had a few people scratching their heads. Steel is indeed quite durable, but weighs more than other materials used in rockets like carbon fiber, aluminum, and titanium. Musk argues however, that stainless steel's resistance to extreme temperatures, especially heat, makes it a better fit for this type of rocket

The Starship rocket, previously called the BFR, is an integral piece of the SpaceX road map. It's meant to take the place of the Falcon and Falcon Heavy rockets as a primary launch vehicle, which means lots of re-entry (which means lots of heat).

This test model, currently at the Boca Chica, Texas launch site , is meant for suborbital VTOL tests, which will take place in March. The orbital version will count, with thicker skins, and more smoothly curving nose section, with launches on the books for 2020.


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