Why SpaceX Built A Stainless Steel Starship

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[1] www.wd40.com/cool-stuff/history
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[3] www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-spacex-agree-on-plans-for-crew-launch-day-operations
[4] www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780124016989000021
[5] spaceflight101.com/msl/msl-aeroshell-and-heat-shield/
[6]www.grantadesign.com/download/pdf/teaching_resource_books/2-Materials-Charts-2010.pdf

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www.totalmateria.com/page.aspx?ID=CheckArticle&site=kts&LN=IT&NM=61
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  • Real Engineering

    Real Engineering

    2 months ago

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  • Loki Vato

    Loki Vato

    4 days ago

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  • trez christy

    trez christy

    5 days ago

    STARLITE will really solve 99% of the heat problem

  • trez christy

    trez christy

    5 days ago

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  • Al Kindi Abu Yosef

    Al Kindi Abu Yosef

    13 days ago

    Don Vittorio DiMaggio Your thé crap 💩

  • Don Vittorio DiMaggio

    Don Vittorio DiMaggio

    29 days ago

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  • Olivia esddms

    Olivia esddms

    3 hours ago

    So... eventually 3D printing those complicated parts?

  • SevenDeMagnus

    SevenDeMagnus

    5 hours ago

    They actually let the carbon fiber tank explode to know it's maximum limit. It didn't fail.

  • electronink

    electronink

    Day ago

    Excellent, well-reasoned, paced and produced video. Side note: at 7:21, the graph denoting 'Strength v. Max Service Temperature' has a typo on the X axis label 'Maximum Service Temperature' - 'Serice' v. 'Service'.

  • Chris Townley

    Chris Townley

    2 days ago

    Could I also suggest that Stainless Steel might offer greater protection from particle bombardment and Hard Radiation, as well as the other benefits?

  • John Smith

    John Smith

    2 days ago

    Poor doof can't say "aluminum" or "composite". lol. It is spelled "aluminum", not "aloominieium". I always have to laugh when a lot of letters are pronounced that aren't even in the word.

  • Daniel Kuzev

    Daniel Kuzev

    2 days ago

    Thanks for the great video. I definitely learnt something!!

  • Chris C

    Chris C

    3 days ago

    Trying to ignore the mispronunciation of: "aluminum."

  • rbwannasee

    rbwannasee

    3 days ago

    "The stars are not for Man" - Arthur C. Clarke

  • Karl Shrestha

    Karl Shrestha

    4 days ago

    Why not?

  • Giuseppe Spalliero

    Giuseppe Spalliero

    4 days ago

    that transition into the ad there at the end...👌

  • lazy crazy

    lazy crazy

    4 days ago

    You mean a fancy thermos

  • Luke Collins

    Luke Collins

    4 days ago

    Aluminium

  • PDB

    PDB

    4 days ago

    Too much words to explain a motivation that i miss

  • lasalleman

    lasalleman

    5 days ago

    Excellent analysis. Ship looks like something from a 1950s pulp science fiction magazine. Given enough time, sci-fi tends to become reality. Seems to me.

  • lasalleman

    lasalleman

    3 days ago

    +Bill Anderson Good points. Many problems remain to be solved. All large engineering or scientific projects are a trade off. Especially if public funds are being used. This new starhopper ship looks pretty good. Science and technology will continue to move forward.

  • Bill Anderson

    Bill Anderson

    3 days ago

    A gray irony in space travel is that often “high tech” is not better. For example, how do you make water, breathable oxygen, and rocket fuel on Mars? Centuries old technology. Seriously. NASA goes for such perceived high tech these days not because it is technically necessary (most often it isn’t) but because it is politically necessary. They have to “spread the jobs” among enough congressional districts to maintain some semblance of political support, hence budget. The sad irony there is that they wind up doing less for more.

  • Eric Williams

    Eric Williams

    5 days ago

    Even though it may look like a "shit show" I'm sure that the rocket scientist/ rocket engineers are learning quite a bit for their "shit show mistakes". Like you said, and showed the site where you can "learn from your mistakes", I'm sure that they are doing the same. Space travel, right now, is still in the "trial and error" stages...yes, there have been a lot of successful launches, but when you really get down to it, they have all just been by sheer luck pretty much.

  • Conroy Boothe

    Conroy Boothe

    5 days ago

    I still don't trust Elon Musk

  • CrazyLegs

    CrazyLegs

    5 days ago

    "it's more 'penisy' than your other space x rockets"

  • trez christy

    trez christy

    5 days ago

    7:30 WOW! the earth is really flat eh FLAT EARTHURDS!!!! I really REALLY really want to put bullet passed right through ur forehead...each 1 of u flat earthurds!! all u know is to promote HATE & annoying!

  • trez christy

    trez christy

    5 days ago

    5:04 - 5:26 the rocket design was beautiful & sexy! =)

  • mccallumcra

    mccallumcra

    5 days ago

    I kinda like that idea of sweating to cool. I hope the ship doesn't get any blackheads like I'd from sweating but I doubt that would happen with methane as long as you don't go to a planet with a high pressure atmosphere. Lol

  • Zen Rhys

    Zen Rhys

    5 days ago

    Y not use graphene....

  • James Lavanway

    James Lavanway

    5 days ago

    Great video, but where are you finding the extra "I" in aluminum?

  • Shaan Bukhari

    Shaan Bukhari

    5 days ago

    We need a nuclear powered rocket engine

  • Shaan Bukhari

    Shaan Bukhari

    5 days ago

    8:37 , looks like my rooster

  • Dali Parson

    Dali Parson

    6 days ago

    Static

  • Ligma Balls

    Ligma Balls

    6 days ago

    Only words I understood: steel,mars,freeze

  • I YOUTUBE Bread

    I YOUTUBE Bread

    6 days ago

    It’s aluminum not aluminum😭😂

  • Preston Sanchez

    Preston Sanchez

    6 days ago

    BRO DO YOU KNOW HOW TO SAY. ALUMINUM? NOT aluminium

  • Finn Wain

    Finn Wain

    4 days ago

    Preston Sanchez lmao only Americans say it that way

  • Ger Loke

    Ger Loke

    6 days ago

    Yeah, first starship!

  • Ian Eune

    Ian Eune

    6 days ago

    Nice V2... or rather V3 rocket

  • Naeem Akram

    Naeem Akram

    6 days ago

    Cool info

  • DrakE (original)

    DrakE (original)

    7 days ago

    Isn't titanium better? 🤔 I mean better than steel and aluminum If someone would've to make something durable for various space flights that's the best material

  • DrakE (original)

    DrakE (original)

    6 days ago

    +Loxx Rexx that's better sir. Titanium is expensive but its stronger than steel and a little bit heavier than aluminum. Excepting graphene, is the most "futuristic" and advanced material overall

  • Loxx Rexx

    Loxx Rexx

    6 days ago

    Yet, according to wikipedia and stuff, it has a lower heat conductivity and higher melting point than stainless steel.

  • Loxx Rexx

    Loxx Rexx

    6 days ago

    Im not sure, but i think titanium is way to expensive?

  • CircularSolid5

    CircularSolid5

    7 days ago

    >Hopper joined the chat >Wind joined the chat >Hopper left the chat

  • Mike Castellon

    Mike Castellon

    7 days ago

    They built out of stainless steel so it wouldn’t get easily stained

  • Khashayar Dashtdar

    Khashayar Dashtdar

    7 days ago

    I think this shiny star ship is just a joke. The real thing will be unveiled within a couple of years.

  • SteveVi0lence

    SteveVi0lence

    7 days ago

    It looks like a dildo

  • James Gilkison

    James Gilkison

    7 days ago

    Btw Any is Any not Anne.

  • zygmunt szymanski

    zygmunt szymanski

    7 days ago

    Gdyby nie niemieccy i rosyjscy inzynierowie to amerykanscy bandyci na orbite by dylizansami jezdzili !!!

  • Scott Minnella

    Scott Minnella

    7 days ago

    Why does NASA have any say in any of this? SpaceX should take their advice, but not need their approval.

  • amazingman63

    amazingman63

    8 days ago

    I think its amazing that something made out of steel can be so thin that storm winds could knock it over

  • Daniel Purdy

    Daniel Purdy

    8 days ago

    To waste money and do nothing with it. Still can’t go to the moon and they say we did 60 years ago.

  • TGS Shane

    TGS Shane

    8 days ago

    “Why did space x build a stainless steel starship?” Answer: cause it’s cool

  • saip bop

    saip bop

    6 days ago

    Haha yeh that's what whole the video was about

  • Aiwin Anton

    Aiwin Anton

    8 days ago

    7:05 "stainless steel shines"😂😂

  • aiuio000 gggft

    aiuio000 gggft

    8 days ago

    2019 : resuable rockets 2030: reusable condoms

  • Merp

    Merp

    6 days ago

    2045 condom rockets

  • Ali Stair

    Ali Stair

    8 days ago

    So they don’t get stains on it dumbass

  • JAMP0T1

    JAMP0T1

    8 days ago

    ‘Oh fuck it fell over, quick pick it up before anyone notices’

  • UrAvrgAshen1

    UrAvrgAshen1

    8 days ago

    they need vibranium

  • Rawdilz

    Rawdilz

    9 days ago

    This was a super interesting video

  • luis wenzel

    luis wenzel

    9 days ago

    I am from germany and i didnt know where you did acually come from until i saw your electrical resistance... -> USA Please dont use them they are a crime against mankind. Thank u

  • Quinton Beck

    Quinton Beck

    6 days ago

    I am from the US and I can say with 100% certainty that Brian is not from the US. He is speaking Irish English, so I presume he is Irish.

  • Gaming with Rocket

    Gaming with Rocket

    9 days ago

    Walking back to the fifties with stainless steel Rockets, don't mind the other one over there. that one fell down last week 😂

  • Siddhartha Rajput

    Siddhartha Rajput

    9 days ago

    Hell of a knowledge... Liked the way you interdused the sponsor..🤘👍

  • Lhenkhantus

    Lhenkhantus

    9 days ago

    Next video: SpaceX creates a vodka bottle shaped rocket made aout of stalinium

  • Frank Davignon

    Frank Davignon

    9 days ago

    You say SpaceX I hear Spay Sex ...lol

  • Frank Davignon

    Frank Davignon

    9 days ago

    Noo oil on Maars? Why da fueck are we bothering? lol

  • solobackpacking

    solobackpacking

    10 days ago

    We can optimize the technology we have but practically speaking we are not ready.

  • chinito2912

    chinito2912

    10 days ago

    Elon Musk: “In this spaceship we will reach mars” Spaceship: *gets knocked down by wind*

  • shockwave2291

    shockwave2291

    7 days ago

    "Tis' but a scratch!"

  • Gottfried Lenz

    Gottfried Lenz

    8 days ago

    that's just hopper

  • Bubble

    Bubble

    10 days ago

    That video makes you wonder, what if there was metal light as aluminum and strong as steel? Well, guess what - Titanium.

  • Bubble

    Bubble

    10 days ago

    +Old Albird Haha so smart, of course they do. But video shows you these graphs with weight and strength, and do not acknowledge titanium, which is widely use in space and supersonic planes. The narration goes like there is no alternative, it should've said: "there is titanium which is light as aluminum, and strong as steel but it could not be used in this instance because blablabalbalba" get it?

  • Old Albird

    Old Albird

    10 days ago

    Bubble i think those scientists know what they‘re doing and they know the periodic table

  • Cordero **ƚ**

    Cordero **ƚ**

    10 days ago

    I wonder what they realy bringing back with them.

  • Banks Nicholson

    Banks Nicholson

    10 days ago

    Alright let’s settle this is it Ah-loo-mi-num or Ah-lu-min-ium

  • Agressive Parmesan II

    Agressive Parmesan II

    9 days ago

    Ah loo mi num

  • sciencemanguy

    sciencemanguy

    10 days ago

    It's Aluminum.

  • Jasonfireshield

    Jasonfireshield

    10 days ago

    The first liquid cooled rocket better have RGB

  • Dwu Tlenek Wodoru

    Dwu Tlenek Wodoru

    6 days ago

    zygmunt szymanski hahaha, Cejrowski wszedł mocno

  • shockwave2291

    shockwave2291

    7 days ago

    Especially because it makes it go faster.

  • SteveVi0lence

    SteveVi0lence

    7 days ago

    *KGB

  • zygmunt szymanski

    zygmunt szymanski

    7 days ago

    Ty jestes potomek tych co sie dali w Afryce w siatke zlapac ?? Podziekuj rosyjskim i niemieckim naukowcom..bo bys na orbite dylizansem jezdzil..

  • knifey

    knifey

    9 days ago

    Jasonfireshield yea

  • BootlessDave

    BootlessDave

    11 days ago

    Space X: "I can build reusable rockets that land themselves on land or on water at the same time!" Wind: "Can i come?"

  • bluefox venus

    bluefox venus

    11 days ago

    Background music not needed

  • John Hedges

    John Hedges

    11 days ago

    Elon Musk is not a rocket scientist.... SpaceX are the brains, and he's the guy behind them. Elon is not planning to use these technologies, he's showing the technology that SpaceX have developed! 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Michael Udeze

    Michael Udeze

    11 days ago

    Mares

  • Dr Alchemy

    Dr Alchemy

    11 days ago

    Sense you are so smart and opinionated why dont you go work for SpaceX and solve their problems. Your opinion means nothing.

  • lusia permita sari

    lusia permita sari

    12 days ago

    Amazing! such a great explanation & the narration is easy to follow (even for dumb me)

  • Riley Kingston

    Riley Kingston

    12 days ago

    PERHAPS Helium would help?

  • cujoe Mblakka

    cujoe Mblakka

    12 days ago

    Pulse frequency, to cool the craft and put out fires.

  • Jay Gill

    Jay Gill

    12 days ago

    You keep on referring to stainless steel as steel.

  • Azi Smythe

    Azi Smythe

    12 days ago

    Somebody play "Telstar" or the theme from "Fireball XL5" !!!!!

  • Just Dave

    Just Dave

    12 days ago

    It's a spaceship, not a starship, unless they moved Mars to another star system.

  • Martin Långvik

    Martin Långvik

    12 days ago

    was like, what the fuck is maris xD

  • Young Scientist of the USA

    Young Scientist of the USA

    13 days ago

    Maybe they should make a titanium rocket because titanium is way stronger than steel and aluminum but it is lighter.

  • Dear Leader

    Dear Leader

    13 days ago

    Let’s go to mars *they got oil in it*

  • Crack Nation

    Crack Nation

    13 days ago

    Hahahah “ to Merrs “

  • Roy Campbell

    Roy Campbell

    13 days ago

    earth is a space ship. with systems critical to its cleanliness

  • The Centurion

    The Centurion

    14 days ago

    What a great video, this really explained all of the design choices perfectly, good work.

  • Patrick Fuchs

    Patrick Fuchs

    14 days ago

    He should make a ship out of unobtainium

  • Al Sp

    Al Sp

    9 days ago

    Did you jizz on children?

  • Becoming Vincent

    Becoming Vincent

    14 days ago

    Will it look black/burnt after landing ?

  • Brandon

    Brandon

    14 days ago

    Why would someone want to go to Mars in something you could punch a hole through or by like hitting your head on the side of the ship

  • Intended

    Intended

    15 days ago

    Watch him land 2 of these at once

  • Knot Evil

    Knot Evil

    15 days ago

    Great video but that transition to signing up for "brilliant" was a stretch

  • snoot dingo

    snoot dingo

    15 days ago

    Short answer: they felt like replicating Queen Amidala's ship.

  • Ap0c

    Ap0c

    16 days ago

    Stainless steel wtf.. weak material.

  • Michigan Truther

    Michigan Truther

    16 days ago

    Faaaaaakkkkeeeee!!!!

  • Joe Monroe

    Joe Monroe

    16 days ago

    There is only one "i" in aluminum.

  • Bundy714

    Bundy714

    16 days ago

    I keep seeing articles and videos where they discuss rocket technology for going to the Moon and Mars, and setting up bases. As if those are the only challenges. YET, every long term study of people spending time in space shows that the space environment is extremely harmful to our bodies. Between the lack of gravity, causing skeletal, muscular and eye degeneration, you have radiation screwing with people's chromosomes, DNA, and immune system. Why don't we ever hear about anyone addressing those, well known, issues? So far, space exploration seems like a very short term job, because it will eventually kill you. So, it's pretty much, a one way trip, unless you make that trip very short. Which is just the opposite of either a lunar base or Mars base. Your body wouldn't be able to handle coming home after a stay on Mars, because of skeletal and muscular degeneration, possible blindness, and have a compromised immune system and/or cancer. Read up on what they have learned about the effects of long term space flight on the ISS and you'll see what I mean. They don't like telling you what happens to the human body when it spends a year or more in space. It's not good. To me, it's the human body's limitations and vulnerabilities that are the most pressing issue with space exploration. Unless those issues are addressed, it's exploration by robot. Or short life span, suicidal, disposable astronauts. I have plenty of confidence that we can build the rockets, structures, etc.....but shielding the human body from radiation and battling the effects of near zero gravity may prove our undoing. We are very much unsuited for the rigors of space exploration.

  • Zoe Porphyrogenita

    Zoe Porphyrogenita

    16 days ago

    Spoiler: SpaceX hasn’t built a starship.

  • Murray Lewis

    Murray Lewis

    16 days ago

    Until I saw this I thought a stainless ship was just some kind of joke or PR stunt.

  • Robert

    Robert

    16 days ago

    Maybe they can find a new metal on Mars that can handle a flight threw the sun.

  • W-nyq

    W-nyq

    16 days ago

    Mers

  • robin roberts

    robin roberts

    17 days ago

    I know how they could lose some weight,starve the bullshitting astronaughts to death,no one as been to space or ever will

  • walton market

    walton market

    17 days ago

    The only thing Space x make are vibrators to give all the retards an orgasm.

  • spawnof200

    spawnof200

    17 days ago

    oh hey it has a geodesic frame, just like a wellington!

  • Suzy Kats

    Suzy Kats

    17 days ago

    Don't chip your teeth sucking Elon's martian stainless dildo!!! Young starhopper... Fuckin loser!!

  • Al Kindi Abu Yosef

    Al Kindi Abu Yosef

    17 days ago

    I think those spacecraft should be armed.

  • Al Kindi Abu Yosef

    Al Kindi Abu Yosef

    17 days ago

    Why not developed new space ships and new engines.

  • Al Kindi Abu Yosef

    Al Kindi Abu Yosef

    17 days ago

    This is just nothing comparing to an advanced civilization, if this was compared to a advanced civilization , this spacecraft would be nothing to comparing to. Time to step up their game NASA, because we don’t know if it’s an advanced superior civilization out there, and if it is, then this is just toy ships in comparing.

  • xfire7

    xfire7

    17 days ago

    Snake Oil.

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