What's the origin of the name U.S.S. Orville (in and out of universe) in the upcoming Seth MacFarlane Star Trek comedy/spoof The Orville?
(Is it related to Orville Wright)?
Based on the presence of a model of the Wright brothers' airplane the Wright Flyer on Mercer's desk in multiple episodes, I would say yes, it is named for Orville Wright
Seth MacFarlane is an scientifically literate person. There are 2 situations that came to mind.
1 - The d'Orville Euclid, dated 888, is the earliest "complete" manuscript of Euclid'sOffsite Link ElementsOffsite Link, and, according to the Bodleian Library exhibition catalogue, The Survival of Greek Literature, it is the oldest manuscript of a classical Greek author to bear a date.
2 - Orville Wright was the youngest of the Wright brothers, that made the first plane.
I think I'm not too far from the truth.