Elon Musk Renames SpaceXs Monster Rocket–Again
Stay on target So Starship + name of each rocket?— Kim Paquette (@kimpaquette) November 20, 2018 Super Heavy Accelerated Zenith Ascent Machine would be better.— Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) November 20, 2018 Starship has a nice ring to it. — Nick (@NickEllis) November 20, 2018 Starship Elonprise— ฿Ɽ₳Đ ⱧɄ₦₴₮₳฿ⱠɆ (@bhunstable) November 20, 2018One eagle-eyed follower pointed out that the name is erroneous, “unless this ‘starship’ is sent on a mission to another star system.”“Later versions will,” Musk wrote in a response, teasing a future in which the spacecraft may leave the Solar System. Our closest known neighbor is Alpha Centauri, some 4.3 light-years from Earth. As no one else has asked, is this named after 1980’s band Starship and will the first mission be called Knee Deep In The Hoopla. Please say yes.— jackson ryan (@dctrjack) November 20, 2018 Name changes so far:MCT (2015) → ITS (2016) → BFR/BFS (2017-2018) → Starship (?)— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) November 20, 2018The BFR, er, Starship, is designed to be a sustainable interplanetary spaceship.A whopping 387 feet tall, the monster vehicle could one day make obsolete the rest of SpaceX’s fleet.Built for up to 100 people, its first trip will carry only a skeleton crew—including Yusaku Maezawa, the first private citizen to travel beyond low-Earth orbit.The 42-year-old Japanese billionaire will assemble a band of virtuosos—painters, photographers, musicians, film directors, fashion designers, architects—to accompany him on a round-the-Moon mission.“All our resources will turn toward building BFR,” Musk said in 2017, estimating the company will need about $5 billion to get the ship off the ground. An undisclosed chunk of that money comes straight from Maezawa’s ticket.More SpaceX coverage on Geek.com:SpaceX Rehearses Recovery of Astronauts During Ocean LandingsWhy SpaceX’s Next-Gen Rockets are Powered by MethaneSpaceX Nails First West Coast Falcon 9 Rocket Landing When you own four companies and are the 54th-richest person in the world, you can do whatever you want—including change the name of your space-bound rocket.Elon Musk this week announced he is “renaming” SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (also known as Big F*****g Rocket, or BFR) to Starship.He tweeted the news on Monday, later clarifying that “Starship” is the name of the spaceship itself; the rocket booster will be called Super Heavy. pic.twitter.com/cs6Wt3cxNd— Mike Mongo (@MikeMongo) November 20, 2018 Later versions will— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2018Another suggested this may not be the last time this spaceship is rebranded. Yep, new name sucks. Flat out cheesy and makes me much less enthused than BFR.— Sad Universe News (@TruthSeekerZach) November 20, 2018 ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas Technically, two parts: Starship is the spaceship/upper stage & Super Heavy is the rocket booster needed to escape Earth’s deep gravity well (not needed for other planets or moons)— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2018Fans responded with requests for more information, queries about the change, and a few choice words for the South African entrepreneur.