SpaceX’s ‘BFR’ Or ‘Big F*cking Rocket’ Gets Renamed, Sadly
By Yoon Sann Wong, 22 Nov 2018
One endearing aspect of SpaceX’s powerful spacecraft ‘BFR’ was its name. The acronym, which stands for ‘Big Falcon Rocket’, or its cheekier ‘Big F*cking Rocket’ alternate, has been shown the door by founder Elon Musk.
“Renaming ‘BFR’ to ‘Starship’,” tweeted the CEO on 20 November, before clarifying the components of this two-stage vehicle, “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).”
In September, Musk shared an updated design for the spacecraft that’s been likened to the vehicle featured in comic series Tintin. During the press conference, SpaceX also announced that it would be sending its first space tourist, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, to the moon aboard the then-called ‘BFR’, along with eight other artists and cultural figures, all of who will fly for free. The mission is scheduled for 2023.
If all goes well, ‘Starship’ could end up being SpaceX’s most powerful capsule yet, spanning 118 meters tall and capable of transporting up to 100 individuals per trip to other destinations such as the moon, Mars, the Jupiter moon Europa, the Saturn satellite Enceladus, and more.
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, 2018
.@SpaceX on Sept.17 SpaceX will reveal the first private passenger for a Moon roundtrip on the BFR spaceship. @elonmusk hinted on japanese national. The image used is a reference to the comic hero "Tintin". Expect 1st BFR tests end 2019#EMScience #EMHiveMind #SpaceX #ElonLegacy pic.twitter.com/bQ0CtAvwtW— ElonMuskScience (@ElonMuskScience) September 14, 2018
[via Space.com, video from VideoFromSpace, main image via Official SpaceX Photos (Public Domain)]
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