5. The rockets and spacecrafts all have cheeky names
Sure, NASA assigned some truly inspiring names to its biggest missions, shuttles, and rockets, but thanks to Musk’s love of SciFi (and Star Wars specifically), SpaceX wins the naming game. The two barges that serve as rocket landing targets were named for ships in Scottish author Iain M. Banks’ Culture series. Both the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 rockets (above) owe their namesake to the Millennium Falcon.
As for the company’s Dragon spacecraft, its name wasn’t so much a Sci-Fi homage but a reference to the Peter, Paul & Mary hit "Puff, the Magic Dragon." It was meant as a thumb in the eyes to critics who consider Musk’s grand plans impossible. Further evidence that they don't take themselves too seriously? Musk recently revealed that the codenames for the giant rocket and spaceship that will make up the Mars Colonial Transporter -- BFR and BFS, respectively -- actually stand for "Big Fucking Rocket" and "Big Fucking Spaceship."