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Why did SpaceX choose vertical integration for Starship?

Rockets are basically horizontally or vertically assembled and integrated. SpaceX selected horizontal integration for its current Falcon rockets, essentially for reasons of lower cost. This ...
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How are interplanetary spacecraft protected from biological contamination while being integrated on their launchers?

After having been disinfected in some NASA lab for forward planetary protection reasons, how are spacecraft stored and brought to the launch pad and loaded into the fairings, in order to prevent them ...
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Could current (+SLS+FH) launchers use much larger diameter payload fairings?

Can launchers reasonably be equipped with wider payload fairings in order to carry larger (not heavier) payload? What would be the main problems with doing so, air resistance during the early slow ...
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Is the LC-40 SpaceX Transport/Erector updated for Falcon Heavy already?

When I was watching the F-9 Flight 8 they showed some footage of the launcher on the pad. I grabbed this screen grab that looks like they might have added to the T/E as as shoulders for the F-H ...
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Do any of the developing space programs use horizontal launcher assembly and launchpad loading?

Do any of the developing space programs (i.e. not NASA, ESA or Roscosmos) use horizontal launcher assembly in the launcher integration building and launchpad loading like the Soyuz at the Baikonur ...
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