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List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« on: 05/22/2014 01:00 AM »
I created a document (see attachment) listing all acronyms used in space flight. The list is still 99.9% a cut & past from the NASA Acronym list. However, many acronyms currently used in this blog and elsewhere are not yet included.

I will keep it updated by asking people to supply a translation of any acronym used in a post.You can even add by posting here.

I will update the document time by time and attach the latest version to this post.

Please write me or post in the thread if you have any suggestion or

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« Last Edit: 08/20/2014 07:58 PM by pagheca »

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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #1 on: 05/22/2014 07:18 AM »
Well that's amazing work!

We'll make this thread sticky at the top after everyone has seen it on the normal listing! :)

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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #2 on: 05/22/2014 11:44 AM »
 I guess two of the most common NSF ones, RUD and BFR aren't "official" NASA acronyms.

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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #3 on: 05/22/2014 12:16 PM »
I guess two of the most common NSF ones, RUD and BFR aren't "official" NASA acronyms.

My aim is to supply a list to be used by people that, like me, is not directly involved in this business and find hard to understand a lot of posts here.

So, what those RUD and BFR means?

@Chris et al.: thanks, but I'm not happy with it. I couldn't find a way to make it easier to manage. The document is bulky and even a simple search may be difficult.

Any idea???

« Last Edit: 05/22/2014 12:18 PM by pagheca »

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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #4 on: 05/22/2014 03:56 PM »
I guess two of the most common NSF ones, RUD and BFR aren't "official" NASA acronyms.

My aim is to supply a list to be used by people that, like me, is not directly involved in this business and find hard to understand a lot of posts here.

So, what those RUD and BFR means?

Any idea???

RUD is used when your test winds up strewn across the landscape. Explosion is such an unpleasant term, they call it a "Rapid Unplanned Disassembly"
 BFR is a term to describe a huge vaguely defined rocket.
 Both, obviously unofficial terms.

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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #5 on: 05/22/2014 09:55 PM »
Then there are a few that are unofficial, to an individual/crew level or ones used by the public...
SOL comes to mind.  :o Heard that one at Ellington a while back. Also heard someone at NASA use that in reference to Lisa Nowak just before NASA and the Navy booted her.
Also, I've heard DT, meaning 'Deceleration Trauma' to mean someone smacking the earth at a high rate of speed from above (as in, "Man, that ol' boy's chute didn't open. Go grab a mop, man!").
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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #6 on: 05/23/2014 01:32 PM »
Please, I really appreciate your comments, but remember to add the acronym explanation!!!

What does SOL and BFR means exactly? I mean something like Bxxxx  Fxxxxx Rxxx

Thanks again for your time. I'm updating the paper as I read, but it's really a nightmare! This site has a production rate for acronym that would overcome the capability of 10 human being working full time on that! :)

Edit/Lar: B R F->BFR
« Last Edit: 08/12/2014 01:29 PM by Lar »

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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #7 on: 05/23/2014 03:32 PM »
BFR = Big F******* Rocket. F similar to usage in snafu.
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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #8 on: 05/23/2014 03:37 PM »
ok, I will add to the list a warning that it's reserved to a mature audience...

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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #9 on: 05/23/2014 04:03 PM »
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but in the only context in which I've run across SOL, it means S*** Outta Luck, the S*** usage the same as in "Same s***, different day."

In this context, SOL would be used as follows:  "He thought he would be able to get through his task list today, but what with the subcontractors going out on strike, he was SOL."

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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #10 on: 05/23/2014 04:24 PM »
You nailed it, Doug. SOL is in general public use and I've heard a few NASA folks use it as well...
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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #11 on: 05/23/2014 04:28 PM »
You nailed it, Doug. SOL is in general public use and I've heard a few NASA folks use it as well...

do you mean is not flight-related but just like LOL? Sorry - not familiar with these kind of acronyms too.

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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #12 on: 05/23/2014 06:18 PM »
Then there are a few that are unofficial, to an individual/crew level or ones used by the public...
SOL comes to mind.

That isn't a spaceflight term.

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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #13 on: 05/23/2014 07:43 PM »
Then there are a few that are unofficial, to an individual/crew level or ones used by the public...
SOL comes to mind.

That isn't a spaceflight term.
Well, yeah, you didn't read the line I wrote right above that to explain it, apparently.  ???
It is a common-use term that IS indeed used by NASA. I've heard it more then once at Houston.
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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #14 on: 05/23/2014 08:36 PM »
Well, yeah, you didn't read the line I wrote right above that to explain it, apparently.  ???
It is a common-use term that IS indeed used by NASA. I've heard it more then once at Houston.

Used by a lot more people not in NASA.  I have heard many more others acronyms at NASA, but that does mean they are spaceflight related.  SOL is no different than FUBAR or SNAFU.  If you are going to include SOL, might as well include SOB, STFU, WTFO, MFWIC, etc.  Military slang does not equate to NASA or spaceflight slang.  Believe it or not Houston is not the center of the spaceflight universe. 
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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #15 on: 05/23/2014 08:38 PM »
BFRC

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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #16 on: 05/23/2014 09:34 PM »
I will not include those acronyms*.

But I would propose a spaceflight "slang" dictionary at this point...

EDIT:

*I mean SOL etc.
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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #17 on: 05/24/2014 12:06 AM »
BFRC is a standard space one

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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #18 on: 05/24/2014 01:17 AM »
BFRC is a standard space one
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Re: List of Acronyms used in Space Flight
« Reply #19 on: 05/24/2014 03:43 AM »
SSTO RLV is single stage to orbit reusable launch vehicle. The Millennium Falcon was one of these.
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