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Musk announces new name of BFR rocket

By T.K. Randall
November 21, 2018 · Comment icon 11 comments

The Big Falcon Rocket now has a new name. Image Credit: SpaceX / Elon Musk
SpaceX' upcoming BFR or 'Big Falcon Rocket' has been renamed to reflect its lofty interplanetary ambitions.
Designed to be a fully reusable launch vehicle and spacecraft system capable of carrying astronauts all the way to the Red Planet, the BFR, which has been in development for years, will be able to lift 100,000kg in to Earth's orbit and could see its first test flight as early as 2020.

The vehicle has undergone several name changes since it was first announced, having previously transitioned from Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) to Interplanetary Transport System (ITS).

Now in a new Tweet, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has revealed its latest name - Starship.
The rocket component has also been renamed Super Heavy, presumably to keep it consistent with the company's existing lineup of rockets with the most recent being the Falcon Heavy.

Musk has described the $5bn project as "very exciting" and "delightfully counter-intuitive."

Given the delays however, it is unlikely that Starship will be ready to go for quite some time.

Source: BBC News | Comments (11)




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Comment icon #2 Posted by Vlad the Mighty 5 years ago
Heh heh, steadily reducing his ambitions from colonizing Mars to short sub-orbital hops for ridiculously wealthy Japanese tourists. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 years ago
Wrong for multiple reasons. The ridiculously wealthy Japanese tourist is not going to make a sub-orbital hop, he is (as it clearly says in the article) going to fly around the moon. The profits from the flight will help finance the colonisation of Mars. Musk is a self-made billionaire, so it should be obvious, even to someone with an irrational hatred of the man, that he knows how to run a business
Comment icon #4 Posted by joc 5 years ago
I have no irrational hatred of the man.  But he is obviously having some problems internally.  Just because he is a billionaire doesn't mean that he is not 'unhinged'.  My prediction is that he will never fly anywhere near the moon much less around it.  My prediction is also that in ten years there will be virtually no more Tesla's sold.  Even though I would love to own one...I couldn't possibly afford one...and if it were not for the subsidizing Federal Government...only a handful of people would be able to afford one.  I'm just not really impressed with his business models.  I don't t... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Coil 5 years ago
Money from a tourist is not enough to finance a flight to Mars. Sending one person to Mars (they plan to send 5 people) costs 10 billion dollars so that the Mask will not have enough money to fly to a financially unprofitable Mars, besides, he has already been removed from his post as head of the company so that he can hardly manage its finances considering how hard he is went into profit.And the government will not allocate such money to NASA сonsidering that greedy Trump does not even want refugees to enter the country in order not to spend money on expenses, so theoretically they can make ... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by third_eye 5 years ago
Next will be to try one way tickets to Mars ... cheap cheap ... ~
Comment icon #7 Posted by Farmer77 5 years ago
A smart man would auction off the naming rights to rich egomaniacs so it would be called The Starship Joe Blow (Who was dumb enough to give me a billion dollars to name it after him)
Comment icon #8 Posted by Timothy 5 years ago
You just build a straw man city with this post.
Comment icon #9 Posted by fred_mc 5 years ago
Well, calling it Starship doesn't make it a starship.
Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker 5 years ago
Maybe he should change the name again to Jefferson Starship?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
IF they build it and make it fly, at least it's a step forward. We need people to do forward steps so we can go further. Sweet talk maybe, but they are building something and take risk doing so. Hats off !


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