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Watch: Why SpaceX Built A Stainless Steel Starship

By Duncan Idaho – Despite advances in materials over the past 70 years, SpaceX chose stainless steel for the Starhopper rocket. Many modern rockets use aluminum alloys in construction so why did SpaceX choose the heavier material? YouTube channel Real Engineering takes a shot at explaining the logic behind the decision. Content created by Conservative Daily News is available for re-publication without charge under ...

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SpaceX to Launch Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-16) Sunday

By Duncan Idaho – Packed with about two tons of cargo and science, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Sunday, January 13. A parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean occurred at about 9:10 p.m. PST, just west of Baja California. That same evening, a recovery team secured Dragon on a boat for the return trip to the ...

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Watch: SpaceX Launches IRIDIUM-8 Mission

On Friday, January 11 at 7:31 a.m. PST, 15:31 UTC, SpaceX successfully launched the eighth and final set of satellites in a series of 75 total satellites for Iridium’s next-generation global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. Falcon 9’s first stage delivered the second stage to its targeted orbit followed by deployment of all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites approximately 1 hour and ...

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