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Offline ChrisC

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1960 on: 03/28/2017 10:51 PM »
It's pretty awesome that the ASDS is underway and it's become so ho-hum that this thread is barely updating.

Agreed :)  And in that spirit ...

According to MarineTraffic, both Go Searcher and Go Quest had left Port Canaveral, were well out to sea and heading east at around 8 knots, as of the last data point at around midnight last night (local time).

Looks like all hands on deck for this one, therefore I'm hoping we'll see fairing recovery on this flight (see that thread for more discussion on that topic).
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1961 on: 03/28/2017 11:33 PM »
Here's a quick question for the thread: how many of the ASDSes currently have clovers painted on them?

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Ok, so we need a thread 4. This one is nearly 100 pages (400.000+ views :o)

I do think we should start moving to master threads for all ASDS returns, given the frequency, but I'm thinking about a standalone thread for 1021's return, given its historic milestone.

Let me work it all out :)

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« Reply #1963 on: 03/31/2017 11:57 PM »
Ok, so we need a thread 4. This one is nearly 100 pages (400.000+ views :o)
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For a barge.  On a space forum.  It really is amazing, isn't it?

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1964 on: 04/02/2017 03:17 AM »
For anyone following just this thread, Chris B did create a separate thread for updates / discussion of the ASDS now carrying the SES-10 / B1021 first stage:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42646.0

Per his comment above and in that thread, there will be a Thread 4 of this general discussion, probably after the current ASDS return completes.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1965 on: 04/16/2017 01:39 PM »
From the "roomba" thread (which is still at sea in the general section instead of here with its brethren):

First pics I know of of roomba in its garage, taken by photographer John Kraus who engaged a helicopter to get these and posted to the FB SpaceX group.

Also first good pics of the welded chain-down brackets on the deck, and great proof of landing spot.

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacexgroup/permalink/10155301586611318/

Would I be correct in stating that the metal framework on the deck in the second and third photos looks like it's one of the emergency tow cable "ramps" that are normally over the top of the Thrustmasters to allow the tow cable to deploy without snagging.  Is there a reason to have that removed and on the deck other than for unfettered access to one of the azimuth thrusters?

(I suppose they could be replacing the cable ramps with an upgrade, but since all they have to do is guide the tow cable over the thrusters, I can't think of a reason off-hand to have to upgrade them.  I wouldn't think they'd require sufficient maintenance already for removal and replacement to be necessary.)

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1966 on: 04/16/2017 04:00 PM »
Looks like the forward starboard thruster has been removed as is sitting on the quay.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1967 on: 04/16/2017 10:20 PM »
Looks like the forward starboard thruster has been removed as is sitting on the quay.
Wild speculation: of the Roomba is hydraulically powered, they might be doing an upgrade of the hydraulic power unit for that thruster, so it can handle the Roomba as well as its normal duties.  Of course, I don't know why you'd need to *remove* the thruster to do this...

Edit: nevermind, the removed thruster is in the wrong quadrant to be related to the Roomba, and it's pretty clear which HPU would power the Roomba (the one directly behind it).
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1968 on: 04/28/2017 10:47 PM »
Looks like Go Quest is leaving the port: https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=1155515

(snip)

Anyone got eyes/cams on OCISLY?
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1969 on: 04/28/2017 11:01 PM »
Looks like Go Quest is leaving the port: https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=1155515

(snip)

Anyone got eyes/cams on OCISLY?
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1970 on: 04/29/2017 12:06 AM »
Looks like Go Quest is leaving the port: https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=1155515

(snip)

Anyone got eyes/cams on OCISLY?
This launch will be RTLS, not drone ship.

So Go Quest's role is to pick up the recoverable fairings?

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1971 on: 04/29/2017 12:43 AM »
Elsbeth III hasn't moved recently, and no other vessels appear to be accompanying Go Quest, so it would seem OCISLY is still in port.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1972 on: 04/29/2017 01:06 AM »
Looks like Go Quest is leaving the port: https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=1155515

(snip)

Anyone got eyes/cams on OCISLY?
This launch will be RTLS, not drone ship.
I knew that.
Oops :P
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1973 on: 04/29/2017 01:13 AM »
Fairings...
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1974 on: 05/14/2017 06:43 PM »
Any update on our loved ship?  :)

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1975 on: 05/21/2017 08:53 AM »
Found bunch of new pictures on the Reddit:

https://imgur.com/a/5LKqj

Nothing changed, except that they seems to have painted one of bow thrusters partially white  :(

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