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SpaceX: CATS with FRIKKIN' LASERS to blast off to space station

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I don't know if it's the reason, but I really wouldn't want to re-use a booster stage that had actually been in seawater rather than just exposed to airborne salt sprays. One of the things I had to do every quarter whilst shipboard or stationed shoreside was a sonic cleaner dip and high-pressure air dry on my computers, otherwise the damn solder joints would corrode. Obviously not Navy MILSTD. [There's a reason that painting a ship is a continuous process and that's it. Turn your back and rust spontaneously recurrs.]

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