All of mine are named after Meteorlogical Satellites except for Telstar which is named after the 1st satellite to transmit television, telephone, and fax thru space and SeaWiFS as that is just a sensor package.
Starting Ship - U.S.S. Telstar
Science Vessel - U.S.S. Envisat
Research - U.S.S. MetOp-A
Long Range - U.S.S. NOAA-1
Deep Space - U.S.S. Meteosat
Reconnaissance - U.S.S. SeaWiFS
note: SeaWifS is a NASA Scientific Instrument onboard the satellite OrbView-2 (aka: SeaStar) as such I might rename that to SeaStar.
One ship name I'll use (first science vessel) will be the USS Leidenfrost. After the Leidenfrost effect. In and out of the fire (quickly) without getting burned. In CB I used the name for an escort, but I was frequently burned.
USS Valley Forge named after Valley Forge, PA. This is where Washington and is troops set up camp for the winter during the Revolutionary War. A time of great suffering but at the same time great reconstruction for the army.
I haven't decided if I am going to stick with that name throughout or change though.