Elon Musk renames his BFR spacecraft Starship

Elon Musk has changed the name of his forthcoming passenger spaceship from Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) to Starship. The entrepreneur would not reveal why he had renamed the craft, which has not yet been built, but added its rocket booster will be called Super Heavy. In September, Mr Musk’s SpaceX company announced that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had signed up to be the first passenger to travel on the ship. The mission is planned for 2023 if the spaceship is built by that time. It is the craft’s fourth name – it started out as Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) and then became Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) before becoming BFR. Over the weekend, Mr Musk tweeted that the spaceship was being redesigned, saying the new version was “very exciting. Delightfully counter-intuitive”. Starship […]