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New West coast fleet operations
« on: 03/05/2021 06:39 pm »
https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1367873205592014852

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With the launch cadence set to ramp up at Vandenberg, SpaceX is hiring for fairing, droneship, and recovery engineers on the West Coast.

SpaceX has not had a droneship in the Pacific since Aug 2019. These listings suggest that is likely to change soon.

spacex.com/careers/

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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #1 on: 03/05/2021 08:15 pm »
Hopefully this is a sign they're gearing up for Starship re-entry tests:

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SpaceX will partner with NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, to capture imagery and thermal measurements of its Starship vehicle during orbital re-entry over the Pacific Ocean. With the data, the company plans to advance a reusable thermal protection system, which protects the vehicle from aerodynamic heating, for missions returning from low-Earth orbit, the Moon, and Mars.

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/new-nasa-partnerships-to-mature-commercial-space-technologies-capabilities

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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #2 on: 03/05/2021 09:09 pm »
Hopefully this is a sign they're gearing up for Starship re-entry tests:

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SpaceX will partner with NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, to capture imagery and thermal measurements of its Starship vehicle during orbital re-entry over the Pacific Ocean. With the data, the company plans to advance a reusable thermal protection system, which protects the vehicle from aerodynamic heating, for missions returning from low-Earth orbit, the Moon, and Mars.

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/new-nasa-partnerships-to-mature-commercial-space-technologies-capabilities
Old news. It's dated 2020-11-09...

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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #3 on: 03/05/2021 09:23 pm »
Old news. It's dated 2020-11-09...

Sorry, when I said "this is a sign," I was referring to the job postings being a sign that re-entry testing is actually getting staffed up. I linked the press release to hopefully bypass a debate over whether the FAA should let them do re-entry testing over Texas. ;)

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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #4 on: 07/28/2021 09:01 pm »
https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1420485462947373057

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A new ship has arrived at the SpaceX West Coast dock... Adele Elise!

She is 67m long and could be useful for fairing recovery or droneship support.

This ship joins OG 'NRC Quest' as part of the Pacific support fleet.

Photo from Alex Ralph via @MarineTraffic.

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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #5 on: 07/28/2021 09:08 pm »
FutureSpaceTourist: She is 67m long and could be useful for fairing recovery or droneship support.

That's long enough for transporting a Starship fished out of the drink, presuming that any to-be-installed hoisting gear doesn't cut the payload length to below 50m (if that number is correct for SS height).
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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #6 on: 07/28/2021 10:50 pm »
FutureSpaceTourist: She is 67m long and could be useful for fairing recovery or droneship support.

That's long enough for transporting a Starship fished out of the drink, presuming that any to-be-installed hoisting gear doesn't cut the payload length to below 50m (if that number is correct for SS height).

She seems to be too short for that.

https://www.gulf-log.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Adele-Elise-Spec.-Sheet.pdf

Deck dimensions 45.1 m x 13.4 m


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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #7 on: 07/28/2021 11:42 pm »
FutureSpaceTourist: She is 67m long and could be useful for fairing recovery or droneship support.

That's long enough for transporting a Starship fished out of the drink, presuming that any to-be-installed hoisting gear doesn't cut the payload length to below 50m (if that number is correct for SS height).

She seems to be too short for that.

https://www.gulf-log.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Adele-Elise-Spec.-Sheet.pdf

Deck dimensions 45.1 m x 13.4 m
Have 6m protruding over the stern!
However at 13.4m beam/or deck width, there is not much room for a suitable crane!

However if the SS has been in the Ocean, then they'll only be recovering SS "remains" which may well be less than 9m x 50m.
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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #8 on: 10/21/2021 11:13 am »
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The current West Coast support ship Adele Elise has set a destination for Louisiana, paving the way for OG former East Coast ship GO Quest to become the new support vessel in California. 😲

GO Quest crossed through the Panama Canal yesterday...

TL;DR GO Quest is replacing Adele Elise as West Coast droneship support ship.

https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1450924885497290760

https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1450925554513895426


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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #9 on: 03/05/2023 10:26 pm »
twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1632516296377073665

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New ship at the SpaceX dock in Long Beach, CA!

GO Crusader! SpaceX is currently operating the GO Quest on the West Coast and the GO company (Guice Offshore) has worked with SpaceX for nearly a decade now.

The ship sailed all the way from Louisiana, via the Panama Canal.  📸 GO.

https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1632516680218812416

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This could open up a whole heap of possibilities...

From something as boring as replacing the GO Quest to something as exciting as sending this ship towards Hawaii to go Starship fishing...

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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #10 on: 03/07/2023 03:09 am »
https://twitter.com/thejackbeyer/status/1632923837636685824

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Some more pictures from B1061's arrival at the Port of Long Beach today. From these angles you can get a better look at the new addition to the west coast fleet, GO Crusader. @NASASpaceflight

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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #11 on: 05/13/2023 07:12 am »
Based on Jack Beyer's photo, it seems that the barge is carrying two fairing halves, a complete LV (possibly a pathfinder), some GSE, and most importantly, an LV transporter similar to the one used at the Cape. Previously, the stage was transported by truck to Hawthorne, but this may no longer be the case if the LV transporter is now at the port. Therefore, my question is whether the first stage and fairings are now refurbished at Long Beach and directly transported to the launch site, or if the LV and fairing halves are barged directly to VSFB after refurbishment to the same dock used by ULA for its LV.
« Last Edit: 05/13/2023 07:20 am by catdlr »
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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #12 on: 05/13/2023 09:16 am »
Is the GO Beyond a new multiple purpose ship with the West Coast SpaceX fleet? Notice the ship mention in some of the posts and videos covering the launch of the Starlink ver 1.5 Group 2-9 mission. From Goggle image search, GO Beyond looks like Doug & Bob on the East Coast.

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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #13 on: 05/14/2023 10:04 pm »
High resolution satellite images of a booster and two fairing halves being offloaded at Vandenberg on May 6.
https://twitter.com/Harry__Stranger/status/1657862844057260034

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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #14 on: 05/14/2023 11:33 pm »
High resolution satellite images of a booster and two fairing halves being offloaded at Vandenberg on May 6.


Thanks, Harry, Great job.
« Last Edit: 05/14/2023 11:33 pm by catdlr »
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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #15 on: 05/15/2023 05:03 am »
https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1657891607453003776

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West Coast SpaceX support ship NRC Quest islikely to be exiting the SpaceX fleet soon based on this photo by @thejackbeyer
 
The vessel appears to be undergoing de-rigging. It was previously used for fairing recovery but has been superseded by the new ship GO Beyond.

NRC Quest also previously recovered Dragon 1 a total of 15 times until early 2020 and has been working for SpaceX since 2015

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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #16 on: 05/26/2023 01:06 am »
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West Coast SpaceX support ship NRC Quest islikely to be exiting the SpaceX fleet soon based on this photo by @thejackbeyer
 
The vessel appears to be undergoing de-rigging. It was previously used for fairing recovery but has been superseded by the new ship GO Beyond.

NRC Quest also previously recovered Dragon 1 a total of 15 times until early 2020 and has been working for SpaceX since 2015

It could certainly do with a hull clean..
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Re: New West coast fleet operations
« Reply #17 on: 07/04/2023 02:48 am »
https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1675996321637859334

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Former West Coast SpaceX support ship NRC Quest has left LA and is heading for the Panama Canal, retiring from SpaceX operations. The ship has been replaced by the GO Beyond.

NRC Quest recovered Dragon One 15 times between 2014 and 2020 and then moved to fairing recovery.

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