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