SpaceX ‘Starship’ Test Rocket Assembled, Coated in Stainless Steel

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BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA (FOX 35 WOFL) – It looks like something from an old-school sci-fi movie, but it’s real life and people are buzzing about Space X’s new rocket.

Elon Musk knows how to create publicity and excitement and he’s done it again by tweeting pictures of the vehicle in Texas, a Starship hopper. One of the controversial aspects of the Starship is that’s coated in stainless steel.

Other rockets are coated in carbon fiber, aluminum and titanium. Musk says stainless steel holds up better in extreme temperature, so thats why he picked it.

“Its a hopper, it’s not actually going to launch into orbit, it’s just been completed, it’s composed of three sections, and it looks like what you saw in the 1950s — a pointy nose, silvery body, and the landing legs,” said Dr. Ken Kremer, space journalist and editor of SpaceUpClose.com.

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