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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #20 on: 02/17/2016 03:52 PM »
American Champion heads out to CRS-7 Dragon splash-down area to continue mapping of fragments.

Thanks for this update. Where did you get the info about CRS-7 mapping?

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Wolfram - Your thoughts that there is currently a search for CRS-7 Dragon are off base, clouded by the fact that you are referring to information from August, 6 months ago upthread.  There was a search then, not now.  This thread was started then and more or less abandoned until recently, and its disorienting until you notice the chronological gap in posts.

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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #21 on: 02/18/2016 12:57 PM »
American Champion again this morning doing that racetrack pattern offshore of Cocoa Beach.

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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #22 on: 02/18/2016 01:21 PM »
My money is on an engine or equipment issue with American Champion that they are having trouble keeping fixed.  Hence the repeated sea trials.  Not necessarily related to SpaceX at all.

I believe some folks here have access to the marine radio for the area; I bet some listening in would reveal the issue.

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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #23 on: 02/18/2016 02:37 PM »
Did that champ just did a switcharoo?

http://www.snapto.twopalms.com/

Anyway not our barge.
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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #24 on: 02/18/2016 03:01 PM »
Yes, very strange, that is American Champion towing two different barges in that racetrack pattern.
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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #25 on: 02/18/2016 10:52 PM »
The same barge, I think. Either transferred a load to another vessel or dumped dredge material into a spoils area. The returning photo shows lighter load and nothing projecting above the gunwales.

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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #26 on: 02/18/2016 11:04 PM »

The same barge, I think. Either transferred a load to another vessel or dumped dredge material into a spoils area. The returning photo shows lighter load and nothing projecting above the gunwales.
I think you're 100% spot on. Good call.
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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #27 on: 02/19/2016 12:20 AM »
The same barge, I think. Either transferred a load to another vessel or dumped dredge material into a spoils area. The returning photo shows lighter load and nothing projecting above the gunwales.

Ah, dredging. There is a dredging project in the Port. So they must be dumping the dredged material off Cocoa Beach.

http://www.dutragroup.com/dredging-projects.html

I was wondering how they offloaded the dredged material, and the link above says they are using a "split hull dump scow," which I'd never heard of, but that explains how they do it. So the "barge" we see in the photo above is probably a split hull dump scow.
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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #28 on: 02/19/2016 02:55 AM »
Good call peeps! Thanks for making my observations make sense. Look at me, dredging up old posts to comment on... #Snarkasm 😜🤓😁🤔

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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #29 on: 02/20/2016 03:47 AM »
Elsbeth III heading out to sea at ~3 Kts just south of due east. Towing OCISLY ?

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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #30 on: 02/20/2016 04:22 AM »
Elsbeth III w/ OCISLY heading to landing zone for SES9 . ~3.2 Kts.

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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #31 on: 02/20/2016 10:45 AM »
GO Quest and GO Searcher still in port early Saturday morning. GQ typically leaves later than the ASDS because it's faster and can make up the time difference.

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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #32 on: 02/20/2016 01:23 PM »
Go Quest is heading out. Course 100.1 degrees; speed 8.4 kn.

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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #33 on: 02/20/2016 04:33 PM »
GO Searcher hasnt moved

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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #34 on: 02/22/2016 01:10 AM »
go searcher has left the building

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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #35 on: 02/22/2016 02:43 PM »
Did Go Searcher have any additional equipment, Jacks or stands on her deck when she exited Port Canaveral? :-\

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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #36 on: 02/22/2016 07:31 PM »
I too suspect Go Searcher is headed to join the armada. But rather than bringing additional equipment I wonder if her mission might be to relieve Go Quest if there is an extended launch delay?
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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #37 on: 02/22/2016 07:59 PM »
I too suspect Go Searcher is headed to join the armada. But rather than bringing additional equipment I wonder if her mission might be to relieve Go Quest if there is an extended launch delay?

http://www.guiceoffshore.com/VesselInfo.aspx?name=170+ft+DP1+Supply+%E2%80%93+GO+QUEST
Certified to Carry:   20
Cabins / Berths:   6 / 20

http://www.guiceoffshore.com/VesselInfo.aspx?name=170+ft+DP1+Supply+%E2%80%93+GO+SEARCHER
Certified to Carry:   32
Cabins / Berths:   6 / 20

Hmm, guessing...  You've got people to set up and service the systems on the ASDS, people to set up and service the various electronic systems on the support ships, people to safe and secure the stage, video people, people that are looking at the high energy re-entry, and the sailors.  Perhaps they're throwing a lot of people at this to make it happen and one ship isn't enough.  And having two ships allows you to have a long stay crew (from initial ASDS set up through to ASDS departure) and a short stay crew (just observing and supporting the actual event).

And if it was me that had the job of being one of the first to set foot on the ASDS and walk up to the (kaboom prone) stage I'd feel better knowing that if I had to run off the deck to avoid getting burned that there were more ships to haul me out of the water.

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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #38 on: 02/22/2016 08:19 PM »
Fairing recovery?
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Re: ASDS support ship activities thread
« Reply #39 on: 02/22/2016 08:50 PM »
Fairing recovery?

Possible, they may start initial tests, as interest was expressed in it before.

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