According to Elon Musk, the BFR, a 118-meter-high ship, is expected to circle the Moon by 2023 and it would possibly reach Mars one day. It will no longer be named “BFR,” an acronym for “Big Falcon Rocket,” however, but “Starship.”
The whimsical boss of the US-based private space company SpaceX, Elon Musk, has renamed his next rocket, the one that is supposed to circle the Moon and possibly reach Mars one day. A way to get back on track after 2018, a year that he described as “atrocious.”
The BFR has been until now the codename of SpaceX’s mega-rocket, still under development, although SpaceX has never officially confirmed its name. This spaceship was presented as a 118-meter high spacecraft and one of the most powerful ever built in the history of space exploration.
Elon Musk Renamed SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket To “Starship”
Elon Musk had unveiled on September 17th, from his California factory, in Hawthorne, that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa would be the first Moon tourist, along with up to eight artists, in 2023.
At the moment, SpaceX uses two rockets. The SpaceX Falcon 9 is its flagship launcher which has completed 18 missions this year. The Falcon Heavy, capable of carrying heavier loads, made a test flight in February 2018 when it launched a Tesla vehicle which has recently past Mars.
But these two rockets are destined to disappear in favor of the “Starship”, explained Elon Musk. In a tweet, he said that SpaceX would stop updating its Falcon 9 to focus on the BFR (Starship) alone.
The future mega-rocket SpaceX “Starship,” will have two parts, namely, the first level, also called the booster, named “Super Heavy”, which is used to “escape the gravity of the Earth,” and the upper capsule that would serve as a ship to reach the other planets, The latter would be called “Starship.”