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The Origin of the SpaceX Starlink’s Name

The Origin of the SpaceX Starlink’s Name

Elon Musk has been known to use literary inspirations to name a few of his business endeavors.  Starlink is just one of these ventures named after a piece of literature. 


The book, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, by John Green. 


The writer, Green, was included in Time magazine's list of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’, in 2014. The book, written in 2011 and launched in 2012, was named a “New York Times best seller”.  


Starlink, a subsidiary of SpaceX, was named after the book ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. 

The title of Green’s book is taken from Shakespeare's play ‘Julius Caesar’, in which the nobleman Cassius states to Brutus: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings." 

The Julius Caesar play emphasizes stoicism, an idea in which reason and discipline are utilized to avoid emotional turmoil. 

The book, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, has a good quote towards the end which states: 

“.. getting hurt in this world is unavoidable, but we do get to choose whom we allow to hurt us.”

The author, Green, 

 “spent five months working as a student chaplain at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, while enrolled at the University of Chicago Divinity School (although he never actually attended the school).[16] He intended to become an Episcopal priest, but his experiences of working in a hospital with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses inspired him to become an author, and later to write The Fault in Our Stars.[17]” 
— Wikipedia 

The inspiration for Starlink is touching, as Starlink will work to give greater connectivity for us in areas where connectivity is lacking, giving us the ability to reach out to those we love as we also choose who we connect to and include in our lives. 


If today’s story interested you here is some more info: Green also wrote ‘Turtles all the Way Down’.  The title and theory are also a concept Musk has tweeted about.  It may be safe to say, Musk may have read a few of Green’s books. 

Books & games are most assuredly a part of Musk’s time spent raising his sons. 

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