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Elon Musk Renames BFR to Starship

Instead of upgrading Falcon 9 for more reusability, SpaceX was now focusing on "accelerating BFR"

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AI could be first 'resident' of Mars, hints Musk. (Wikimedia Commons)

SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a fully reusable vehicle designed 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.

“Renaming BFR to Starship,” Musk said in a tweet late on Monday.

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

It is designed 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 Musk’s 23.5 million followers on the micro-blogging site, were, however, not impressed.

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Elon Musk renames SpaceX’s BFR rocket for interplanetary trip. IANS

While one Twitter user called the new name “boring”, another was left “pretty disappointed”. Some users liked the name change though.

On September 17, SpaceX announced that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the company’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard the company’s BFR rocket in 2023.

In response to a reply that unless this “starship” is sent on a mission to another star system it cannot be called a “starship”, Musk said that “the later versions (of the rocket) will”.

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In a tweet over the weekend, Musk said that SpaceX is no longer planning to upgrade Falcon 9 second stage for reusability.

Instead of upgrading Falcon 9 for more reusability, SpaceX was now focusing on “accelerating BFR”.

“New design is very exciting! Delightfully counter-intuitive,” he said. (IANS)

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Elon Musk Becomes Longest Serving CEO in Global Automotive Segment

Musk has repeatedly pushed workers to hit quarterly goals while managing all the extra production and delivery work piling up toward the end of a quarter

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

For many of us, Tesla is a new entrant in the global auto industry but Elon Musk has actually become the longest serving CEO in today’s automotive segment.

The feat was achieved when then-Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, serving as the German automaker’s CEO since 2006, retired in May this year, Teslarati reported on Wednesday.

Musk took over as the electric car maker’s CEO in 2008.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi saw veteran CEO Carlos Ghosn quitting over his alleged connection with a high-profile financial scandal.

Last month, Mitsubishi also announced the departure of its CEO Osamu Masuko.

BMW CEO Harald Kruger has also announced his retirement.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. Wikimedia Commons

Many automakers have new CEOs and only Akio Toyoda of Toyota who joined in 2009 is close behind Musk.

Under Musk, Tesla is breaking all records. The electric car-maker achieved a record production of 87,048 vehicles and record deliveries of approximately 95,200 vehicles in the second quarter of 2019.

In the quarter (April-June 2019), Tesla produced new 72,531 Model 3 sedans and delivered 77,550 of those.

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In addition, 14,517 new Model SX cars were made and 17,650 of those were delivered.

Customer vehicles in transit at the end of the quarter were over 7,400.

Musk has repeatedly pushed workers to hit quarterly goals while managing all the extra production and delivery work piling up toward the end of a quarter. (IANS)