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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5040 on: 07/06/2015 07:18 PM »
Where ever the crane appears, that'll be the spot.

Yup.  Something to look for if we have anyone else touristing through that neighborhood.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5041 on: 07/07/2015 12:53 AM »
I'm going to pretend I don't want to comment on the idea of a pykrete ASDS.  ;)  (Well, I mean, with pykrete, you could likely make it durable enough to host a full launch pad, and then *everyone* would agree it's a big deal. ;D)

Instead, let me comment on winging up a MARMAC.  At the site in Morgan City where all three were hanging out before they headed their separate ways, they were doing to 304 what they're going to be doing to 303.  They had a large crane for handling the wing sections, obviously.  Also present was a small barge not much wider than a wing extends; welders were working from it.  There really wasn't much of anything else that appeared notably significant.  (The little tiny crane on deck that looked almost like a slightly overbuilt Subaru Baja with an arm on top is not likely a long pole in winging a MARMAC, but I *so* want one.)

Obviously, you can't just snug up against a rock pile breakwater, but the requirements for sites capable of wing attachment seem minimal.  You need to get a crane and the barge in proximity, but since the pieces are stowed on deck, it doesn't seem like you'll need much dry land at all.  A little rented utility barge shouldn't be hard to come by.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5042 on: 07/07/2015 11:33 AM »
TheKrimsonKing from Reddit has taken few really amazing shots! Here's drone footage.



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Those things on deck next to HPUs and front of thruster appears to be mounts for thrusters and you can also see tucked under blast wall a pair of DuraSea air condensing units that will be installed later on communication containers.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5043 on: 07/07/2015 01:23 PM »
(Well, I mean, with pykrete, you could likely make it durable enough to host a full launch pad, and then *everyone* would agree it's a big deal. ;D)
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TheKrimsonKing from Reddit has taken few really amazing shots! Here's drone footage.

That thing I said about this not being the long term spot - yea, let's forget I said that.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5044 on: 07/07/2015 11:47 PM »
Few extra photographs of Altasea phase 3 region and some equipment closeup shots. #5 is from signal street.#6 and #7 a bit north on miner street. Altasea site looks unchanged.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5045 on: 07/08/2015 03:38 PM »
Just back from a month in Florida and an aborted attempt to catch an ASDS at sea, I met up with the Marmac 303 yesterday in the Port of Los Angeles to give it a good look over.

I was able to obtain some good views from angles not yet seen.

Not much activity there yesterday save for a contracted security guard who said the barge was docked "temporarily" and would be moving along soon, although I suspect he is not particularly keyed in to SpaceX plans.

Shots attached show details of the bow and stern blast walls, the Thrustmaster laying on the deck, the removal of the rub rails and chines in preparation of wing attachment, the under deck structure of the wings, and the Rhea tug.

NRC quest has not yet been moved from its dock at American Marine.

Should this berth be the actual base of operations SpaceX uses for rocket unloading and Dragon recoveries, it should provide ample opportunity for great views of their operations from multiple vantage points so long as they don't close off the public roads in the area.

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« Reply #5046 on: 07/08/2015 03:45 PM »
I believe that funny little hut on deck was erected for the canal crossing.  I remember reading in the Canal operations manuals how a certain amount of visibility was required for every vessel transiting the canal.  I wouldn't be surprised if that's what caused the hold up at the entrance to the canal, actually.  I bet a local inspector decided to insist that the rules be followed to the letter, and the crew had to erect that little pilot's hut on stilts to comply.

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« Reply #5047 on: 07/08/2015 03:45 PM »
Was also able to shoot some very high resolution 100+ megapixel composites of the Marmac 303 from an oblique view and directly centered amidships.

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« Reply #5048 on: 07/08/2015 04:07 PM »
Looks like L.A. is the place to put an ASDS if you want to put your ASDS in a place that has a lot of people with good cameras and the ability to use them.  We might not need a cruise ship at this pace.

Based on what the security guard said it might be a good idea for anyone else going that way to keep their eyes open for supplies being built up or facilities changes at other locations nearby.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5049 on: 07/08/2015 04:48 PM »
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Should this berth be the actual base of operations SpaceX uses for rocket unloading and Dragon recoveries, it should provide ample opportunity for great views of their operations from multiple vantage points so long as they don't close off the public roads in the area.

Wow, nice shots.  thanks.
I don't think there's any way they can close Miner street because that's the only access road to the SS Lane Victory berthed at the end.  The ship is a museum and they hold public functions so Miner Street has to remain open.  Of course SX can move the Marmac but that doesn't appear to be happening in the near future.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5050 on: 07/08/2015 05:18 PM »
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That is a thorough set. Thanks!  I guess no modifications on NRC Quest's deck yet?  Snaps of yellow generators would be cool if any, might give a clue to fuel consumption rate and hence an idea on station keeping duration. from that Mega 1 composite I can catch a fuzzy glimpse of corner and it seems those are 'UNIT 4038' weighing 18000lbs and their specs are somewhere I think if not in NOV's brochure.

In front of Rhea on ground those could be new mounts for bigger thrusters like the ones on deck.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5051 on: 07/09/2015 04:27 PM »
First time NRC Quest is nearby Rhea.  :D
Edit: Docked together now.
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« Reply #5052 on: 07/09/2015 06:08 PM »
Carnival Fascination in position.  All quiet on the eastern front.  Nominal, as they say.  Other than that there are no people scurrying about.  None near the ASDS, some activity back toward the ships. I wonder if the same group is heading west to do ASDS prepping there.?.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5053 on: 07/09/2015 06:27 PM »
It was almost zero activity till now , suddenly both boats are moving...
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5054 on: 07/09/2015 06:35 PM »
Gotta turn the ships around every now and then so they don't get too much sun on one side.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5055 on: 07/09/2015 06:50 PM »
I hope they get the 'perfect' ten on tan..

Edit:  Port View! Dull days nothing worth a video.

Edit2: NRC Quest back to its initial spot.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5056 on: 07/12/2015 03:06 AM »
I hope they get the 'perfect' ten on tan..

Edit:  Port View! Dull days nothing worth a video.

Edit2: NRC Quest back to its initial spot.

Thanks for these!

The lack of activity might be just a rest & recreation break (a few days of vacation time) while the people who did the recent work on OCISLY are in Los Angles working on the west coast ASDS.

My guess; we might not see much activity on OCISLY until we're within a few weeks of another east coast recovery attempt.

Gotta turn the ships around every now and then so they don't get too much sun on one side.

Totally agreed. I also hope they've got a good supply of sunscreen.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #5057 on: 07/13/2015 03:11 PM »
They are removing containers from Go Quest's cargo deck and ElsbethIII is at stern of OCISLY.
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« Reply #5058 on: 07/13/2015 04:21 PM »
They are removing containers from Go Quest's cargo deck and ElsbethIII is at stern of OCISLY.

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« Reply #5059 on: 07/13/2015 08:41 PM »
They are removing containers from Go Quest's cargo deck and ElsbethIII is at stern of OCISLY.

Man you have a sharp eye...

Nah I see it as movie so I can spot activity :)

And another port view you can see those 10 ft containers removed from Go Quest's deck. All activity is in and around boats nothing on deck...




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