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Old April 30 2013, 03:18 PM   #16
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Re: Saturn V Engine Refurbishment

^ It's not just NASA, it's the entire aerospace industry. In college, I had one of those T-shirts that said "You might be an aerospace engineer if..." and one of the options was "you use more TLAs (three-letter acronyms) than the FBI, CIA, and NSA combined."

The fact that "TLA" is a known acronym ought to tell you something by itself!

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I've been in countless meetings that sounded just like that, only they were completely serious!
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Old May 3 2013, 08:17 PM   #17
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Heck, "Alphabet Soup" is a constant throughout all of the U.S. Government, not just NASA or the aerospace industry.

In my penultimate tour before retirement, you were given a reference book of all the acronyms and abbreviations found in that program. It was about... 40 pages long. I kid you not.

What was really wacky was the same abbreviation would often be used for totally different items, and you had to just figure it out by context. 'MPA' for instance, could stand for either Maritime Patrol Aircraft' or 'Main Propulsion Assistant.'

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Old May 4 2013, 09:17 PM   #18
Re: Saturn V Engine Refurbishment

Well, the term "Falcon" has been overused. It isn't just the name for Musk and Han's ride, but an old Air Force launcher concept (winged I think).
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Old May 5 2013, 07:00 AM   #19
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I don't care if they overuse "Falcon" as a name for things. What would bother me if somebody at SpaceX decided to turn it into a bacronym and "F.A.L.C.O.N." was born.
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Old May 5 2013, 04:48 PM   #20
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For an aerospace company, SpaceX seems to use very few acronyms.
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