Looking at the Starship it looks bumpy, like the skin is buckling in places. Is that a problem? If so, how big a problem? If not, why not? I'm thinking specifically about aerodynamic problems here, but if there are other problems (or non-issues) I'm open to learning.

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    $\begingroup$ I think the thing you are looking at pictures of is a test article used to work out integration issues and isn't flight hardware. $\endgroup$ – zeta-band Oct 25 '19 at 22:20
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    $\begingroup$ @zeta-band are you saying the ratty-looking Starship displayed in Boca Chica is not a flight article? That's contrary to what was reported in the press. "This thing is going to take off, fly to 65,000 feet — about 20 kilometers — and come back and land in about one to two months,” Musk said, referring to the stainless steel prototype behind him." theverge.com/2019/9/29/20889605/… BTW, it's now been one month, for those keeping track of Musk Time $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Oct 26 '19 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ Was "this thing" explicitly referring to the one behind him? It's a controls nightmare I don't even think there are enough Merlin's in existence to fill the bottom right now. $\endgroup$ – mothman Oct 27 '19 at 14:11
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    $\begingroup$ @mothman It is going to be filled by Raptors. The early test article will just need from 3 to 6 engines (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX_Starship#Starhopper) which they may have already (i.e. months ago they were already flying a Raptor engine with serial number 6..) $\endgroup$ – BlueCoder Oct 28 '19 at 12:32
  • $\begingroup$ @BlueCoder yup, I thought Merlin's for some reason. Is the 3-6 there referring to starhopper, not the starship? $\endgroup$ – mothman Oct 29 '19 at 3:11

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