Elon Musk renames BFR spacecraft to ‘Starship Super Heavy’

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 21, 2018

SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a fully reusable vehicle created to take humans and supplies to Mars and also to dramatically cut travel time within Earth, is getting a new name, Starship, the company's CEO Elon Musk has announced.

The SpaceX founder announced his decision to rename the BFR to Starship on Twitter late Monday.

In a later tweet, Musk explained that would be the name of the spaceship itself.

The CEO then elaborated on what he envisioned the full name to be. Starship will be the spaceship/upper stage, while Super Heavy will be the rocket booster that will push Starship off the Earth's surface and into space.

However, he did note that the upper stage technically couldn't be called a "starship" unless it traveled to another star system. Rather, later versions of SpaceX spacecraft will be.

Instead of upgrading Falcon 9 for more reusability, SpaceX was now focusing on "accelerating BFR". They've even enlisted Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa as its first private citizen passenger.

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