Elon Musk readies Starship for interplanetary trip

21 Novembre, 2018, 05:39 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Elon Musk Renamed SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket To “Starship”

Elon Musk has made a decision to rename SpaceX's BFR spacecraft to "Starship Super Heavy".

The SpaceX founder said on Monday night that his space tourism company plans to rebrand its largest ship, that has not been built yet, as later versions plan to reach locations outside the orbit of the Sun.

This two-stage vehicle - composed of a Booster and a Ship - is created to eventually replace the company's Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and the Dragon spacecraft.

It is created to service all Earth orbit needs as well as the Moon and Mars.

In a tweet, Musk explained that Starship would be the name for the spaceship/upper stage and Super Heavy would be the rocket booster needed to escape Earth's deep gravity well.

All of Elon Musk's 23.5 million followers on the micro-blogging site, were, however, not impressed.

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One user observed it's not the first time the spaceship has been given a new name.

Since the spacecraft is still technically on the drawing board, changes such as what Musk wants to call it are fair game.

However, he did note that the upper stage technically couldn't be called a "starship" unless it traveled to another star system.

The BFR was envisioned as SpaceX's vehicle for bringing humanity to Mars.

"New design is very exciting!"

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