Author Topic: SpaceX’s Dragon Recovery Vessels (GO Searcher/Megan and GO Navigator/Shannon)  (Read 11956 times)

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Well, was looking around for a thread on these two ships and found none for what I have below:

GO Navigator is currently in Tampa waiting for Crew 1 recovery ops, so I decided to venture out to see it for myself over the weekend. Used my telescope for some zoom because why not  ;D

Decided to also tug a dragon model with me as a prop for some fun photos as well  ;)
« Last Edit: 02/07/2022 08:32 pm by gongora »
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Breaking news heard on Fleetcam this morning -- GO Navigator and GO Searcher are getting new names!

GO Navigator is being renamed Shannon, for Dr. Shannon Walker.  She has flown to the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-19 for Expedition 24/25 (June 15 - November 25, 2010), and again aboard Crew Dragon Resilience on its first operational flight for Expedition 64/65 (November 15, 2020 - May 2, 2021).

GO Searcher is being renamed Megan, for Megan McArthur.  She has flown to the Hubble Space Telescope on its final repair mission aboard STS-125 (May 11 - May 24, 2009), and to the ISS aboard Crew Dragon Endeavour on its first operational flight for Expedition 65/66 (April 23 - November 9, 2021).

The old names have been painted over, and the new names are already being used by the crews.

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https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1489995856594063361
« Last Edit: 02/05/2022 03:25 pm by leetdan »

Breaking news heard on Fleetcam this morning -- GO Navigator and GO Searcher are getting new names!

GO Navigator is being renamed Shannon, for Dr. Shannon Walker.  She has flown to the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-19 for Expedition 24/25 (June 15 - November 25, 2010), and again aboard Crew Dragon Resilience on its first operational flight for Expedition 64/65 (November 15, 2020 - May 2, 2021).

GO Searcher is being renamed Megan, for Megan McArthur.  She has flown to the Hubble Space Telescope on its final repair mission aboard STS-125 (May 11 - May 24, 2009), and to the ISS aboard Crew Dragon Endeavour on its first operational flight for Expedition 65/66 (April 23 - November 9, 2021).

The old names have been painted over, and the new names are already being used by the crews.

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https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1489995856594063361
a small confusion should I count fresh shannon and megan ship stats from now or should I replace all ​recovery stats of Go navigator and searcher with shannon and megan it would mean that shannon's crew 1 recovery was done by Shannon ship that do not existed by that name then.

Please help out with this.

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Please help out with this.

Ships change names all the time, especially after changing ownership.  You could refer to the ship now as either Shannon or as the ex-GO Navigator (or the ex-Harvey Grizzly, or the ex-Callais Navigator, two more former names of the same ship).

If you're talking about a specific event, like the Crew-1 recovery, then you'd use the name of the ship at the time.  As far as record-keeping, it was the same hull and possibly some of the same crew as today, so nothing else would change.

Sorry for the off-topic post!

Please help out with this.

Ships change names all the time, especially after changing ownership.  You could refer to the ship now as either Shannon or as the ex-GO Navigator (or the ex-Harvey Grizzly, or the ex-Callais Navigator, two more former names of the same ship).

If you're talking about a specific event, like the Crew-1 recovery, then you'd use the name of the ship at the time.  As far as record-keeping, it was the same hull and possibly some of the same crew as today, so nothing else would change.

Sorry for the off-topic post!
thanks I needed that only
For earlier missions  I am using GO Navigator (Shannon) and GO Searcher (Megan) for record-keeping but reform new missions I will use only either Shannon or Megan

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(Exciting) progress update on the renaming GO Searcher and GO Navigator

The old names have now been completely removed and the small versions of the new names have gone too.

https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1505575928059019268

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OK, it's actually going to look good when the renaming is done.

https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1506020419312234509

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They've also lost all "GO" branding, are Guice Offshore still operating them?

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They've also lost all "GO" branding, are Guice Offshore still operating them?

That's a really good question that I suspect the USCG might like to know the answer to also.. otherwise they wouldn't have posted this on the PSIX information page following their inspection of the MV "Shannon" on January 18 this year:

"During annual inspection it was discovered that the vessel was previously sold and a Certificate of Documentation issued with new owner and vessel name. All required certificates, documents, manuals, plans, lifesaving equipment and the vessel hull remain marked with, approved for, or issued to the previously named vessel. Ensure all updates are complete to reflect accurate identification of vessel and owner."

One can always expect fun and games when the powers-that-be don't move at the speed of Elon..  ;D
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1565807524741357568

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The paperwork took months to appear, but I can finally confirm that SpaceX is now the owner of Dragon recovery ships Megan and Shannon.

The ships are registered to Falcon Landing LLC, a SpaceX-linked company that also owns recovery ships Bob and Doug + Elon's private jet.

https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1565807527404703752

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The two ships were previously named GO Searcher and GO Navigator, owned by Guice Offshore. The vessels were renamed and sold to SpaceX earlier this year.

Archive photo with thanks to @JennyHPhoto

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https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1565825381894164482

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On this topic, as well as now owning vessels Bob, Doug, Megan and Shannon, my understanding is that SpaceX is now privately operating all four vessels directly with SpaceX employees instead of chartered contractors

The company has been hiring for vessel crews for several months
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https://twitter.com/NoahPrail/status/1567534549848014848

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Just watched Shanon recover the training Dragon!

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On this topic, as well as now owning vessels Bob, Doug, Megan and Shannon, my understanding is that SpaceX is now privately operating all four vessels directly with SpaceX employees instead of chartered contractors

Makes perfect sense to me.  If you're going to spend time and money training a team of people to carry out tricky and potentially expensive recovery operations at sea, you want to spend it on your own people - not contractors who could come and go according to someone else's schedule.
 
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With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Megan on Megan

https://twitter.com/astro_megan/status/1582094198068547584

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What a privilege to get to be onboard to greet Crew-4 upon their return to Earth. Many thanks to the crew of the Mighty MEGAN for all your work to bring them home safely. P.S. Next time, can I drive??

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https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1616123992095559681

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SpaceX Dragon recovery ship Shannon departed Port Canaveral yesterday and is due to arrive in Charleston shortly.

Reason for the voyage is not exactly clear - maintenance is a strong possibility.

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https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1635713620481830918

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Dragon recovery ship Megan has sailed up to South Carolina and is now at a shipyard. Time for some maintenance me thinks🔧

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https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1645099637097869318

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Dragon recovery ship Megan returned to Port Canaveral overnight following a maintenance period in South Carolina.

Next operation for the ship will be CRS-27 splashdown soon.

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https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1655576418900688897
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It's a rare sight to see all of SpaceX's East Coast recovery fleet together these days with such a busy launch schedule

Here's a photo from this morning from http://nsf.live to capture the scene at Port Canaveral🌞
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