Why SpaceX Built A Stainless Steel Starship

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  • Real Engineering
    Real Engineering  4 months ago +324

    The daily problems on Brilliant are actually fantastic. Great way to challenge your brain each day. Thanks again to Brilliant for making these videos possible: brilliant.org/realengineering/

    • Armando Sanchez
      Armando Sanchez 8 days ago

      Real Engineering because its taxpayers money and they need to use that exasperation money, and to build a stainless steel , so people to look at makes sense,

    • Loki Vato
      Loki Vato Month ago

      Dude, your videos are so incredibly well-crafted and executed. Thank you.

    • trez christy
      trez christy 2 months ago

      STARLITE will really solve 99% of the heat problem

    • trez christy
      trez christy 2 months ago

      Can u please contact elon musk & inform him about the "STARLITE" ....revive that technology, he really REALLY needs it!!! Pretty please....

    • Al Kindi Abu Yosef
      Al Kindi Abu Yosef 2 months ago

      Don Vittorio DiMaggio Your thรฉ crap ๐Ÿ’ฉ

  • Scott Spradlin
    Scott Spradlin 12 hours ago

    Ever try electromagnetic drives .....g force becomes the issue

  • Dominic Hutchison
    Dominic Hutchison 14 hours ago

    Unless were grabbing whole ass icebergs is mars really the most optimistic option?

  • Patrick F.
    Patrick F. 14 hours ago

    This is almost the same video as this one: m.tvclip.biz/video/LogE40_wR9k/video.html

  • Asgar Azwad
    Asgar Azwad Day ago


  • axe2grind911a
    axe2grind911a Day ago

    Um, there's only 1 "I" in aluminum. Why do Brits add an unnecessary syllable?

  • a b
    a b Day ago

    So it doesnt get stained๐Ÿ‘

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  • TheSkittleFur
    TheSkittleFur Day ago +1

    I seen elon musk's recent project on 2b on making a robot maid lol

  • Lulu Maha
    Lulu Maha Day ago

    Visit Maris? What the hell is Maris?

  • DMT Truth
    DMT Truth Day ago

    SpaceX is a money laundering operation

  • Ricky Bosephus
    Ricky Bosephus Day ago

    Cool! but we're already on Mars.

  • Jeff in Canada
    Jeff in Canada 2 days ago

    In the face of Centrifugal Propellers, rockets are a waste of time and money.

  • Internet Quality Police

    Elon Musk is a KNOB HEAD.

  • David Sau
    David Sau 3 days ago

    Looks like Flash Gordon's rocket ๐Ÿ˜

  • colo capacco
    colo capacco 3 days ago

    so much memes on musks tw lollll

  • mixmaster547
    mixmaster547 4 days ago +3

    "Here is where stainless steel really starts to shine." Pun intended?

  • Fayze Mourie
    Fayze Mourie 4 days ago


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  • Rafael Quilling
    Rafael Quilling 5 days ago

    Hahaha better use Aluminum hahaha

    • Rafael Quilling
      Rafael Quilling 5 days ago

      If there's a GI channel how about gypsum board? ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Rafael Quilling
      Rafael Quilling 5 days ago

      Use also GI channel for partition ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Rafael Quilling
    Rafael Quilling 5 days ago +1

    Stainless came from asteroid materials and it's very strong materials to use in Space.

    • Rafael Quilling
      Rafael Quilling 5 days ago +1

      What do mean by rich? A rich of credit card or Rich of loan. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜

    • Rafael Quilling
      Rafael Quilling 5 days ago +1

      Actually spaceships inside or beyond they are using black gold materials and platenium materials. Why we use a stainless materials for space. Must be black gold materials because the world is Rich.

  • Mark Caseon
    Mark Caseon 7 days ago

    Elon should make ship from carbon nanotubes.

  • geoff toner
    geoff toner 8 days ago

    Good stuff son, well done plus sub:)

  • Craig Rix
    Craig Rix 9 days ago

    Sorry I can't listen to this guys irish accent for 12 minutes


    Talks too much.
    Just show how it works im the first minute so i can move on.

  • userwl2850
    userwl2850 10 days ago

    WD40 interesting.

  • Al Awayan
    Al Awayan 10 days ago

    but it is not heat resistant.

  • Corrine Tsang
    Corrine Tsang 10 days ago

    Space X can not build a graphene-aluminum rocket that weights less.So,they tried to used a stainless steel rocket.

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    New movie coming "Trash can in space "

  • E-Nonymouse
    E-Nonymouse 11 days ago

    Aerogel could be used as a heat deflecting surface right?

  • US Air Force Nerd
    US Air Force Nerd 12 days ago

    Starship not Starhopper

  • The Fibler
    The Fibler 13 days ago

    I concur.

  • Shahid Shaikh
    Shahid Shaikh 14 days ago

    I didn't understand what you are explaining

  • Zyipitoe
    Zyipitoe 14 days ago

    thx 4 metric

  • corey mullen
    corey mullen 14 days ago

    I'm sorry but ur voice sounds dang familiar. From a Netflix show

  • giopde1ste
    giopde1ste 14 days ago

    I mean, any spaceship without its fuel or hounding tower will fall over with enough wind, not that surprising tbh

  • Floundericious WA
    Floundericious WA 14 days ago

    I love the rocket scientist scope of thought at 10:00
    They just need to mine water and extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and then do some fancy chemistry to produce methane and oxygen.

    Oh...is that ALL? :)

  • Titties Bigglesby
    Titties Bigglesby 15 days ago +5

    For future reference: "Sometimes you just need to do things to learn from your mistakes"
    Is not a good segway into plugging your sponsors.. ...

  • juniorimac
    juniorimac 17 days ago +1

    I worked at this location. Itโ€™s just a testing facility.

  • DinoNugget
    DinoNugget 17 days ago

    So it doesn't get space stains?

  • Jeff Smith
    Jeff Smith 17 days ago

    Fake x is NASA

  • Flatten
    Flatten 18 days ago

    Brilliant engineering had us driving cars on the moon 50 years later you cant even get out of lower earth orbit...now that the moon is in our atmosphere you cant even go their ....There is no starship...!!!

  • one take
    one take 19 days ago

    V2 Design

  • Rax Savvage
    Rax Savvage 19 days ago

    take a shot everytime he says annie
    i'm 3 videos in and utterly smashed

  • Nahuel Costa
    Nahuel Costa 19 days ago

    Interesante, si algo aprendi de KSP es que la forma mas eficiente de cumplir misiones es minimizar el peso de cada operacion con sistemas modulares, los sistemas modulares previenen que los motores tengan que mover carga no util a un destino X.
    la forma mas eficiente para aterrizar en marte con pasajeros y luego despegar para volver a la tierra es el siguiente,
    La nave debe dividirse en 3 partes Capsula de pasajeros/Sistema propulsivo de aterrizaje y despegue/ tanque de combustible orbital
    1 capsula de pasajeros con ablator, paracaidas y/o frenos de aire y motores pequeรฑos de aterrizaje para eliminar la velocidad vertical y horizontal
    1sistema propulsivo con suficiente combustible para aterrizar, despegar y orbitar, sin paracaidas, con geometria aerodinamica y frenos de aire, aterrizara invidualmente de forma automatica.
    para el despegue las partes se deben ensamblar nuevamente, los motores de aterrrizaje de la capsula, el ablator y los paracaidas se pueden retirar para salvar peso, excepto que quieran ser usados nuevamente en la tierra(esto depende de la existencia de estaciones espaciales de space x en la tierra y en marte para traslados de pasajeros de una nave a otra)
    Por ultimo la nave debe recargar combustible del tanque orbital para volver a la tierra.
    -al tener la cabina de pasajeros a la altura del suelo puede usarse como modulo habitable temporal
    -una nave muy alta es mas propensa a volcarse por los vientos de marte, 2 naves pequeรฑas siempre seran mas estables que la suma de sus alturas
    -al dividir la nave en 2 partes aumenta la superficie total de aerofrenado a marte (el mismo peso total el doble de superficie en contacto con atmosfera)
    - la parte propulsiva tendra que utilizar menor combustible en el aterrizaje porque su relacion peso potencia se vera altamente incrementada por la inmensa reduccion de peso, ademas la relacion peso/resistencia aerodinamica se vera disminuida a nuestro favor
    -complejidad y probabilidad de error.
    -Costos ( esto es ambiguo, disminuye algunos costes pero incrementa otros, el principal incremento es el costo operativo de reensamblar las partes en tierra marciana).
    -probable nesesidad de una grua para ensamblar nuevamente ambas partes de la nave, pero con la gravedad reducida de marte podria ser menos complejo de que a simple vista parece

  • Guy Poirier
    Guy Poirier 21 day ago

    Why they have never took a video of the earth from space? Because we cannot go into space.Do your own research ....

  • Guy Poirier
    Guy Poirier 21 day ago

    More bullshit we cannot go to Mars or any other planets just plain bullshit

  • Ronan Barthon
    Ronan Barthon 21 day ago

    Looks like something Bugs bunny would ride in......

  • Admiral Nimitz
    Admiral Nimitz 21 day ago

    I know we have some odd pronounciations...
    It's spelled:

    • TheOrganicartist
      TheOrganicartist 21 day ago

      pssst... you should google ... the usa isn't the only place that exists...
      who am i kidding you're not going to do that so i'll do it for you

  • myownname myownlastname
    myownname myownlastname 23 days ago +2

    The beggining of the video is a very long introduction to rockets. The actual answer is at 7:00.

    HELLENIC CULTURE 23 days ago

    Why SpaceX Built A Stainless Steel Starship==because they cannot built any starship that's why the built something else than a starship! und so they built one stainless steel starship with veranda und pool!

  • pikamochzo TV
    pikamochzo TV 23 days ago

    Just make a styrofoam from steel and it is going to be ok

  • dj traBBiz Ramage
    dj traBBiz Ramage 24 days ago

    haha lol,, no one has ever been to the moon ,and mars is not a possible destination either.

  • PaxDisturbia
    PaxDisturbia 25 days ago

    I'm hung up on the extra syllable in aluminum.

  • TheExplorer
    TheExplorer 25 days ago

    What kind of planet is mers, I've never heard of it?

  • bindu francis
    bindu francis 25 days ago

    cause its shiny

  • minicoopertn
    minicoopertn 25 days ago

    Is there a reason why they do not use titanium apart from cost.

  • Harley Borgais
    Harley Borgais 26 days ago

    I figured out how to make one magnet propel ITSELF past another (Pull first, push last), and IT WORKED...Then I started to build a motor....and 'Government' took all I had, 8.5 years ago...NOW....I can PROVE that 'over 90 percent' of what police do (quoting two COPS), is NOT 'constitutional'!....All 'victimless crimes', and MOST 'civil offenses' except LEGIT 'regulations' of ACTUAL 'privileges' like to 'drive' 'people or property for hire' as opposed to the 'right to free travel' for common personal needs....and a LOT more...how to use Commercial liens based on public servants contractual duty to defend the Constitution and thus peoples equal liberty FIRST...is the Solution to 'Fix' 'Government' corruption....BUT FOR THIS COMMENT...
    I also figured out how to use spinning weights to propel a craft, and make all current forms of propulsion through air, water and outer space obsolete!...
    And as soon as I secure these rights (as I became a poor person to spend these years to figure all this out, and now need to find paralegal clients and investors), I will GIVE ALL of this info away FOR FREE, to make SURE it serves its purpose, to improve the quality of life on Earth for all of us!
    So I wonder now, who will help me?
    I also have a LOT of other inventions, like machines which produce anything we wish from waste materials and raw Earth, by combining our current 3D printers and CNCs and Laser Cutters and Assembly Arms, etc... Which will Scale itself down into a Living Liquid Metal which could even inhabit my/our body, and maintain perfect health, repair damage faster then cells can, and eventually even record my entire mind, and become able to extend my life indefinitely, and maybe even replace my brain and memories if I was shot in the Head, or my Head cut off even!
    And I have thought up a LOT more, and will share all of it, as I go along!
    Thanks for the info Real Engineering!

  • Sandy
    Sandy 26 days ago

    Musk is perfect for the morons who worship utter incompetence. He draws a picture, thus it has been done. Musk promised a Mars colony by 2018. His militant religious cult 100% believes with all their heart Musk is on Mars today.

  • Peter Egbujie
    Peter Egbujie 26 days ago

    i am not an engineer but you make engineering enjoyable

  • NovaComputing
    NovaComputing 26 days ago +1

    Love the new logos, but the same problem may happen again I'm afraid

  • anthony mackey
    anthony mackey 27 days ago

    yeah! sign up for indoctrination right now!!!

  • Janie Miller
    Janie Miller 28 days ago

    Elon Musk ๐Ÿ‘ bravo ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿš€

  • Janie Miller
    Janie Miller 28 days ago

    That rocket ๐Ÿš€ is beautiful ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽจ

  • Zack Asmus
    Zack Asmus 28 days ago

    But....steel is heavier than feathers!

  • Hemayet Hasan
    Hemayet Hasan 29 days ago

    star hopper l/d ratio too high

  • irishbreakfast
    irishbreakfast 29 days ago

    why do euros pronounce aluminum 'al-oo-min-ee-um'? its pronounced 'ALOOM-INUM'. did the English forget how to speak there own language or is everyone over there still mostly illiterate like in midevel times?

  • ACTS
    ACTS 29 days ago

    Listening to that Gawd-awful "Oirich occent" while you narrate this video is downright painful. "Carbon fiber" is NOT pronounced "cairbin foibah". The fourth planet from Sol is "Mars" NOT "Mairs". What the fuck is with you people that you can't say the consonants and vowels of your own language?

  • Michael Talbot
    Michael Talbot 29 days ago

    Why stainless steel? We British built 5he bristol188 from steel as part of the concord program it was considered a no-go then?
    Learning from history I think not!๐Ÿ™„

  • Barry White
    Barry White 29 days ago +1

    Is this how you spell โ€œaluminiumโ€?

  • Funk Enstein
    Funk Enstein 29 days ago +9

    I found this video very interesting and extremely well-presented. I have subscribed to your channel. Thank you.

  • sidgdansk
    sidgdansk Month ago

    Elon Musk should just drive his convertible car to Mars.. it isn't far away; but it is an electromagnetic pulsating star; hmmm.. I have some real nice properties in the Yucatan and S. Florida to sell you.. home in the Everglades swamp? you got it NASA!!

  • Ryuji Takayama
    Ryuji Takayama Month ago

    I dont really understand why SpaceX tries to cheap their rockets instead of using the best materials. It had sense in past-century rocketry, but now, with safe returning of stages?

  • Some Guy
    Some Guy Month ago

    You know bicycle tires are made of aluminum and they have a pretty niffy solution to not bending or breaking. Wonder if they ever tried spokes i know it sounds ridiculous but then again think about the thin little wires keeping a dirt bike from shattering.
    Or on the opposite note have they ever thought to carbon fiber lining the inside of a thin steel rocket i would think that would make the baking part rather straight forward.

    FAQAT Month ago


  • Simon Kelly
    Simon Kelly Month ago +1

    Why not make the rocket out of Titanium ?

    • Some Guy
      Some Guy Month ago

      Thats the first thing i thought then i thought well titanium is expensive and comparatively much rarer that would take a lot of titanium. If i remember right aluminum is the 1st or 3rd most abundant metal on the earth.

  • Dan Devine
    Dan Devine Month ago


  • Rudy Cornejo
    Rudy Cornejo Month ago

    I think they built it out of stainless steel so that it doesn't attract any of the magnetized debris or trash floating around in space.

  • jakerun1
    jakerun1 Month ago

    Name your units. "Degrees" means absolutely nothing.

  • Dipankar Sutradhar
    Dipankar Sutradhar Month ago

    Lost my respect for the use of profanity @10:26 from otherwise a great video. You need to consider all your audience and quality of your content (professionalism).

    • UrAllOnSteroids
      UrAllOnSteroids Month ago

      what the fuck are you even doing on youtube, shouldn't you be monitoring twitter or something, lifes in a constant cycle of change, embrace it or you might end up stuck in the dark ages. Oh and have a great day.

  • hosechavez1
    hosechavez1 Month ago

    got a question then, If this is so hard to do with weight would you go about creating a space elevator instead to not have to worry about weight instead?

    • Welyum
      Welyum Month ago

      Its not possible to build an elevator 36000km high

  • godrickshallow
    godrickshallow Month ago

    Am I the only one from the states that gets cheesed off every time they hear a person say aluminium. It's aluminum people! lol jk.

    • Temp Name
      Temp Name Month ago

      I bet aluminum originated as a mispronunciation.

  • josh newboyz
    josh newboyz Month ago

    This was the simple idea ever...no one just tried to do it...

  • Ted Schulze
    Ted Schulze Month ago

    The main reason he went to a metal skin is because it is designed to protect the astronauts from long term exposure to radiation in deep space. by charging the outside of the craft with a high voltage and slowly rotating it the electrons on the outside skin will produce a magnetic field around the craft, thereby deflecting most of the harmful cosmic radiation. Any way that's what I told him in a letter I sent to him

    • Ted Schulze
      Ted Schulze Month ago

      Hi the source of that statement is from me Ted Schulze. you can learn more at electrompropulsion.com

    • Temp Name
      Temp Name Month ago

      Source of this statement?

  • Spike The Lizard
    Spike The Lizard Month ago

    Starhopper is just the test rig

  • Russell Schiwal
    Russell Schiwal Month ago +1

    Stainless Steel isn't steel. It is NiChrome Nickel, Chromium and sometimes some iron.

    • P. Doherty
      P. Doherty Month ago

      And aluminum is always aluminum.

  • Randy Robinson
    Randy Robinson Month ago

    ur an irish man simply because of the way you pronounce your "a"s like "are" for example.

  • MrSparkle404
    MrSparkle404 Month ago

    Elon's prototype?

  • Peter H
    Peter H Month ago +1

    6:37 "Being perfectly honest, this [carbon fiber composites] is the only subject area where I have enough expertise to make comments on other people's designs."
    This self-aware statement made me subscribe to your channel.

  • Joshua Cho
    Joshua Cho Month ago +1

    8:17 bruh we ARE the ailiens WE are the ones who made the flying saucer


    So this is where stainless Steel really shines-real engineering

  • Anthony Butcher
    Anthony Butcher Month ago

    Spoiler alert: So it won't rust.

  • Jeff Cole
    Jeff Cole Month ago

    Any more failures and personnel sacked.

  • Brett Pace
    Brett Pace Month ago


  • Nishit Raj
    Nishit Raj Month ago

    No one thought of using Vibranium

    • Temp Name
      Temp Name Month ago

      It's too expensive, since Uganda has monopolia over it.

  • Jack Daniels
    Jack Daniels Month ago

    wouldnt that steel get like red hot high in atmosphere,, and cook everyone? oh wait.. its all BS anyways... nevermind,,, have fun playing.. stay out of tax funds. plz.

    • Jack Daniels
      Jack Daniels Month ago

      โ€‹@Temp Name most likely its funny.. because you probably don't even have job or pay taxes. if i had to guess.,,

    • Temp Name
      Temp Name Month ago

      @Jack Daniels Lmao

    • Jack Daniels
      Jack Daniels Month ago

      โ€‹@Temp Name explore 'space' all you want people...just keep it out of MY tax $$. period.. thats real grown up talk.

    • Temp Name
      Temp Name Month ago

      @Jack Daniels This is precisely why you will never learn. Grow up.

    • Jack Daniels
      Jack Daniels Month ago

      i don't have to watch a 'space' vid to know its BS. my heads hollow? ok.. your head is full.... of u know what. )

  • Spookipooh
    Spookipooh Month ago

    Kinda ironic how writers in the 60's imagined these stainless steel rockets for aliens who visit other planets, we've "evolved" beyond these silly imaginations to expensive composites and fibre structures, only to go back to stainless steel rockets to visit other planets.

  • Tom Walter
    Tom Walter Month ago +2

    Haich Gee Wells
    Why can nobody pronounce a single letter correctly anymore?
    Phonetically it is AITCH not Haich.
    The only country in the world that says it like this and it makes us look like we have bastardised our own queens English.

    • Elon Musk Fan
      Elon Musk Fan 26 days ago

      Irish or Scottish accents are different than British accents...
      How many languages do you happen to speak? And how well do you speak them? Exactly