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Should SpaceX boosters get names printed on them?

Yes
28 (47.5%)
No
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Voting closed: 08/31/2018 09:24 pm


Author Topic: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now  (Read 6234 times)

Offline RocketGoBoom

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SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« on: 08/08/2018 09:12 pm »
Now that we have a block 5 stage that will possibly be launching 10+ times and maybe up to 100 times, there should be a better name than "Falcon 9 B1046.2" or "Falcon 9 B1046.3".

SpaceX needs to start giving these rockets a name and doing the champagne bottle as it rolls out of the factory.

Christening the rocket and name it, "Daedalus" or something like that.
We should be able to refer to a rocket by a more common name.

"Oh yeah, Daedalus is launching again this weekend !!!"

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« Last Edit: 08/08/2018 09:12 pm by RocketGoBoom »


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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #2 on: 08/08/2018 11:30 pm »
Musk likes to compare his rockets to airliners, and while many of them have names, it's not normally their primary identifier as it is with oceangoing ships.


It would be nice, though.
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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #3 on: 08/09/2018 12:18 am »
Yes! I fully agree!!
All Block 5ís should definitely have names...

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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #4 on: 08/09/2018 01:58 am »
But we need to leave the good names for BFS...

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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #5 on: 08/09/2018 02:11 am »
But we need to leave the good names for BFS...

Ships names get reused all the time.

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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #6 on: 08/09/2018 03:28 am »
Will remind folks we are using the Golden Rule for the naming of SpaceX vehicles.

The Golden Rule is "Those who have the most Gold makes the Rules".

In the case of SpaceX it is the one with the most voting shares. Which I reckon is the SX CTO. He gets to name the SpaceX vehicles as he pleases.

Looking forward to the "Dr Evil" as the second manned BFS planting on Mars.  ;D


edit: typo
« Last Edit: 08/10/2018 06:03 pm by Zed_Noir »

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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #7 on: 08/09/2018 07:27 am »

I favour sticking with serial numbers for booster and cargo BFSs. That's nice and utilitarian.  Keep the names for the spaceships carrying people. 

Assuming that BFS's aren't an adaptive shell reconfigurable for cargo/chompers/passenger modules.  I don't think that's at all likely, but the Thunderbirds watching kid in me would really love that.


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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #8 on: 08/09/2018 07:55 am »
You could have some great names mixing it up from Iain M. Banks culture ship names to Thom York lyrics. I think everyone is now familiar with culture ship names, so here are some lyrics.

"Low flying panic attack" - Burn The Witch - A Moon Shaped Pool (2016)

"I wish I was special" - Creep - Pablo Honey (1993)

"Accidents waiting to happen." There, There - Hail To The Thief (2003)

"Just like the last one" My Iron Lung - The Bends (1994)

OK bad idea, I now want to crawl back to bed and not get up again :( If anyone knows another pop culture reference that feels similar but is happy, post away!




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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #9 on: 08/09/2018 03:15 pm »
nah, no need for them.  Boosters are too utilitarian to be named.

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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #10 on: 08/09/2018 04:11 pm »
nah, no need for them.  Boosters are too utilitarian to be named.

Even as I agree with Jim on this issue.

As per stated "The Golden Rule" up thread. The naming of Boosters is up to the SX CTO's whims.  :)

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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #11 on: 08/09/2018 04:18 pm »
SpaceX hasn't even bothered to put an easily visible core number on the Block 5.

Safe to say that naming them is not on their list of things to do.
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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #12 on: 08/09/2018 09:06 pm »
Musk likes to compare his rockets to airliners, and while many of them have names, it's not normally their primary identifier as it is with oceangoing ships.


It would be nice, though.

Then why not follow commercial aviation custom?
A prominent registration / tail number, smaller script for the sentimental name and a call sign related to the mission.

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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #13 on: 08/10/2018 02:27 am »
Musk likes to compare his rockets to airliners, and while many of them have names, it's not normally their primary identifier as it is with oceangoing ships.


It would be nice, though.

Then why not follow commercial aviation custom?
A prominent registration / tail number, smaller script for the sentimental name and a call sign related to the mission.

Because the payload name is the call of the mission

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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #14 on: 08/10/2018 06:08 am »
SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now.

No
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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #15 on: 08/10/2018 01:31 pm »
Musk likes to compare his rockets to airliners, and while many of them have names, it's not normally their primary identifier as it is with oceangoing ships.


It would be nice, though.

Then why not follow commercial aviation custom?
A prominent registration / tail number, smaller script for the sentimental name and a call sign related to the mission.

Because the payload name is the call of the mission
That's not inconsistent at all. Commercial airliners identify as their flight number (i.e. the payload.. .self loading freight for the most part), not tail number, to ATC, if I'm not mistaken.
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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #16 on: 08/10/2018 02:03 pm »
I favour sticking with serial numbers for booster and cargo BFSs. That's nice and utilitarian.  Keep the names for the spaceships carrying people. 
I can see the rationale for not naming cargo ships, but my vote on this non-binding referendum is that I'd like to see something in between, serial numbers for boosters but names for ships, even cargo ships. I don't really see giving formal names to boosters.

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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #17 on: 08/10/2018 02:17 pm »
I'm fine with the numbers for the boosters.

We'll have Dragon 2's to name soon enough.
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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #18 on: 08/10/2018 02:20 pm »
Musk likes to compare his rockets to airliners, and while many of them have names, it's not normally their primary identifier as it is with oceangoing ships.


It would be nice, though.

Then why not follow commercial aviation custom?
A prominent registration / tail number, smaller script for the sentimental name and a call sign related to the mission.

Because the payload name is the call of the mission
That's not inconsistent at all. Commercial airliners identify as their flight number (i.e. the payload.. .self loading freight for the most part), not tail number, to ATC, if I'm not mistaken.
Not only that, they sometimes have real names, they just don't identify with them.

Also, while the interest is in the mission, tug boats for example definitely have real names.

The issue here is not utilitarianism...  It's that likely cores will have a limited lifetime, when compared with airplanes.

"Dancing Gladys" may be fine for a 50 year old B17, but (even) if you're only going to fly a core 10-20 times and then get dunk it in the ocean, then you'd rather it be naneless...

But as folks above said...  SpaceX rockets, SpaceX rules.

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Re: SpaceX should give REAL names to 1st stages now
« Reply #19 on: 08/10/2018 02:25 pm »
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Then why not follow commercial aviation custom?
A prominent registration / tail number, smaller script for the sentimental name and a call sign related to the mission.
The block 5 core numbers are already so small that they could start labeling them with a sentimental name in a smaller script and no one would notice!

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