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Offline Bob Shaw

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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #20 on: 07/18/2014 01:22 PM »
Two names.

    The first is "Bob", because, Bob.

     The second, (And admitedly more serious) "The Raymond Bradbury"

Dunno about the second guy, but I can certainly support 'Bob'.

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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #21 on: 07/18/2014 02:08 PM »
I think von Braun is a very nice choice, because he basically made our achievments in space flight possible. And, as far as i know, he wanted to go to Mars next. Nazi connections or not, he would deserve it.
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« Reply #22 on: 07/18/2014 04:20 PM »
A worthy contest at an unfortunately worthy time.

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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #23 on: 07/18/2014 04:33 PM »
So for SF authors that have written well-known works involving Mars, the list so far would be:

the H. G. Wells
the Edgar Rice Burroughs
the Stanley G. Weinbaum
the Robert A. Heinlein
the Arthur C. Clarke
the Isaac Asimov
the Ray Bradbury
the Kim Stanley Robinson
the Ben Bova

There are plenty of other writers who have written at least one well-known Mars story, including A. N. Tolstoy (Aelita -- 1922), C. S. Lewis (Out of the Silent Planet -- 1938), H. Beam Piper (Omnilingual -- 1957), Gordon R. Dickson (The Far Call -- 1978), Greg Bear (Moving Mars -- 1993), Stephen Baxter (Voyage -- 1996), William K. Hartmann (Mars Underground -- 1997) and Geoffrey A. Landis (Mars Crossing -- 2000).

This! 
Completely consistent with origins of "Dragon" (as in Puff the Magic) and "Falcon" (as in Millennium).

Names should NOT be a tribute to NASA's glory days -- leave this category to the Orion capsules.
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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #24 on: 07/18/2014 09:33 PM »
Ahem:

The Stilton
The Camembert
The Port Salut
The Wensleydale
The Edam

Have you got Cheddar?
Not much call for it around here, sir.

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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #25 on: 07/18/2014 11:52 PM »
Ahem:

The Stilton
The Camembert
The Port Salut
The Wensleydale
The Edam

Have you got Cheddar?
Not much call for it around here, sir.

Wallace and Grommet would approve, but I would have thought that those names would be reserved for Lunar landers, maybe ex-NASA?

For Mars landers, how about:

the 3 Musketeers
the Bounty
the Milky Way
the Snickers
the Twix
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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #26 on: 07/18/2014 11:53 PM »
Nah, you are all wrong. The naming of any MCT will be by the Golden Rule. The one with the most gold gets to name a MCT anything he likes. Gold in this case is the one with the most voting stock with SpaceX, I reckon. In other words, the SpaceX CTO.  :)

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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #27 on: 07/19/2014 12:35 AM »
IMO the best sounding ship names by far are the ones from the Cuture novells by Ian M. Banks. No Mars connection, but look at them..!:)

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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #28 on: 07/19/2014 12:41 AM »
I feel certain unease about naming a spacecraft after a volcano...

Ray D. Bradbury is an excellent choice, IMHO.

Edit:

Earth continents?
« Last Edit: 07/19/2014 12:46 AM by mfck »

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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #29 on: 07/19/2014 01:02 AM »
As a note, several airlines name at least some of their aircraft, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that each of the BFRs might get a name too.

Some other name sets that might be worth considering especially if there are multiple classes of craft.

The PayPal mafia ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PayPal_Mafia ) gives a good 20 or so names
Astronauts and Cosmonauts (and Taikonauts?) or maybe just ones that perished in the line of duty

Sure it's early but it's fun and it may spur thinking for the guy who will get to decide.
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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #30 on: 07/19/2014 01:15 AM »
Argo

It was not a colonization ship, but it was big, and it flew...  and "its crew were specially protected by the goddess Hera" (says Wiki), so that can't hurt...

... and it "was said to have been planned or constructed with the help of Athena".  She eventually even reached the stars.


But what would the preceding initials be?   USS?  Or should there be a new prefix?

The first ship's name should also function well as a class name, as in "Argo-class colony transport"
« Last Edit: 07/19/2014 05:02 AM by meekGee »
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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #31 on: 07/19/2014 01:51 AM »
I feel certain unease about naming a spacecraft after a volcano...

Better that than naming them after craters:)

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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #32 on: 07/19/2014 11:37 AM »
Further names which might be considered include:

Santa María
Pinta
Niña

One thing SpaceX will have to consider is if they want to emphasise the American or the international nature of the venture. Even at the height of the Cold War, with its race to the Moon, the Americans were careful to emphasise 'we came in peace for all mankind'. There'll be a lot of politics floating around a trip to Mars, and especially surrounding any founding of a colony. May be thought best to have geopolitically neutral names.

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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #33 on: 07/19/2014 12:10 PM »
Enterprise. Surprised nobody said it yet.

Ok, most ships names Enterprise were war ships, with the exception of the Shuttle test article. The TNG galaxy-class enterprise was a flying city, though, with whole families on board.

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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #34 on: 07/19/2014 01:41 PM »
Spaceship (SS) Stephen Hawking
SS Carl Sagan
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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #35 on: 07/19/2014 02:18 PM »
I feel certain unease about naming a spacecraft after a volcano...

Better that than naming them after craters:)
I'd say both are worse

Since Enterprise has been mentioned, I am compelled to propose Exodus
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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #36 on: 07/19/2014 03:02 PM »
Ark Ship B

I'm too old to go to Mars and public phones no longer pose a threat to society.

Edit:

That was a joke, but give Elon's sense of humor Ark Ship A and C are both real contenders.
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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #37 on: 07/19/2014 05:15 PM »
The Edwin Aldrin.

The guy has been out there pushing Mars exploration since before Musk.
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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #38 on: 07/19/2014 05:19 PM »
The Edwin Aldrin.

The guy has been out there pushing Mars exploration since before Musk.

Heh that line of reasoning leads to the USS Zubrin, and I don't think I want that...
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Re: ITS (Formerly known as MCT) Names?
« Reply #39 on: 07/19/2014 05:25 PM »
USS Jim anyone?

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