The elevator to lower the astronauts 100 feet down to the surface is probably no more than a winch with a long cable. I will make a wild guess that something so simple and small would have a backup or two.
Elon likes simple so that makes sense. Thanks....anybody else?
I also wonder if Starship is intended to return to earth's atmosphere and if the steel can withstand reentry heating from a re-entry speed of about 25,000 mph?
According to CNET "SpaceX and Elon Musk have big ambitions to send the Starship around the moon and eventually to Mars. The eye-catching stainless-steel spacecraft now under development will use a metallic heat shield, and that heat shield is already undergoing a pretty serious stress test " They blasted the metal heat shield with blow torches to heat it to 2000F. However, I remember (maybe incorrectly) that Apollo 15 's reentry exceeded 2000F ~ 2500F to 2900F max.