SpaceX has earned immense respect over the years for paving the way for reusable rocket boosters. After all, who would want to invest in a vehicle that can only be used once? SpaceX founder Elon Musk took the initiative to name each of the famous SpaceX drones that carry rocket boosters. Avid followers of Elon Musk’s Twitter handle will be aware of the billionaire’s quirky side with his frequent references to sci-fi memes. This time, the founder takes it a step further by bringing his love for sci-fi novels to SpaceX drones.
Names of SpaceX drone ships
The trend started six years ago when Musk announced via Twitter that he had named the company’s first space drone “Just Read the Instructions.” Soon he clarified the meaning of the name, revealing that he had done it in honor of Iain M Banks. For those who are not familiar, Iain M Banks is a famous science fiction author who was the man behind the Culture series. The baptism ceremony did not end there as the founder named the second autonomous boat “Of course I still love you”.
Repairs almost done on the spaceport drone spacecraft and gave it the name of “Just read the instructions”
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 23, 2015
In addition, the CEO of SpaceX also paid homage to the cult classic Star Wars franchise by naming the Falcon rockets after the Millennium Falcon. Musk has also referenced classic poems and songs through his engineering work. Some examples of SpaceX drone ship names are the Dragon capsule which takes after “Puff the Magic Dragon,” a popular song by the 1960s music group Peter, Paul and Mary. According to Tesmanian, the pun is in the details as the capsule is destined to land in the ocean after a complete flight mission success, which is synonymous with the lyrics to the song “Puff the Magic Dragon Lived By the Sea. “.
Originally called Puff the Magic Dragon, as people said I was high if it could work, so I named it after their insult.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 17, 2018
Then, Mars designed Superheavy Starship was named “Heart of Gold”, which is inspired by Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Over the years, netizens have taken in the context and have started to look forward to offbeat iconic references as SpaceX continues to soar higher in the stars.