Elon Musk has had a change of mind about what he wants to call that the will travel in.
Up to now, it's been known as the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR. Late Monday, the SpaceX founder announced his decision to give it a more classic name: Starship.
In a later tweet, Musk explained that Starship would be the name of the spaceship itself. The rocket booster that will help it "escape Earth's deep gravity well" will be called Super Heavy.
Besides getting ready to send the BFR -- er, Starship -- to the moon in 2023,has a thriving business shipping supplies to the International Space Station. Those jaunts use the company's Falcon rockets, variations on which have been flying into space since 2008, and its Dragon spacecraft. Meanwhile, it's working toward putting into Earth orbit in order to provide global broadband coverage.
The change in name may have been sparked by Musk's ambitions for the spaceship. As he revealed to someone who took issue with the new name, even if the vessel doesn't travel to the stars immediately, someday a version of it will:
One person observed that it's not the first time the spaceship has been given a new name.
CNET has reached out to SpaceX for comment.
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