​SpaceX to Build Starship Rocket out of 3XX Stainless Steel, Not Carbon Fiber

By |2019-01-24T20:28:04-05:00Jan 26, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

​Stainless steel will be used for the SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy rocket booster. Over the spectrum of operating temperatures and ​conditions encountered, stainless steel has better performance than carbon fiber. ​From a recent interview with @PopMech, it's apparent that @ElonMusk has more than just a passing awareness of materials and manufacturing. In it, Musk describes how material selection affects stiffness, fracture toughness, and of course cost. He talks about [...]