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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #120 on: 12/20/2014 05:07 PM »
White-balanced a little:

Underneath each of the upper deck "wings" are supports which come up at ~20deg angle. Below the support on the right-hand side, you see something protruding into the water which has roughly the shape of an outboard motor. Is that one of those much-discussed propulsion units that's supposed to maintain the ~3m-precision positioning of the barge?

Another thing I'm noticing is the white railing all around the upper deck. I'm guessing it's a few feet in height - so I guess that doesn't pose any risk to a landing booster. And jutting out from the deck "wings" are those black gang-plank things. So I guess those are used for rolling cargo onto and off of the deck. After a recovered booster is transported back to a dock, then I guess that booster would have to be rolled off via those gang-planks onto terra firma?



Somehow from the older barge pictures, I'd thought that the lower deck was a lot lower than the upper deck. But here with this newer side-view it seems that there's barely any difference at all in elevation.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #121 on: 12/20/2014 05:18 PM »
I have visual confirmation that ASDS is back in port. The Carnival ship Fascination is docked right behind it and has a forward-looking bridge webcam. ASDS is in full view of the webcam:

http://www.cruisin.me/cruisecams/ships/carnival_cruise_lines/carnival_fascination.php

Fascination will be leaving port this afternoon, but will be back in port for departures on Wednesday 24th, then Monday 29th, then Saturday Jan 3rd for more live viewing opportunities.

THAT is serious Cyber-Sluthing.  No Kidding.  How did you come up with it?
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #122 on: 12/20/2014 05:42 PM »
I have visual confirmation that ASDS is back in port. The Carnival ship Fascination is docked right behind it and has a forward-looking bridge webcam. ASDS is in full view of the webcam:

http://www.cruisin.me/cruisecams/ships/carnival_cruise_lines/carnival_fascination.php

Fascination will be leaving port this afternoon, but will be back in port for departures on Wednesday 24th, then Monday 29th, then Saturday Jan 3rd for more live viewing opportunities.

Genius  ;D. I hope this feed doesn't pay the price of being known...stay away Gandalf! mmmm need a way to capture these frames.


White-balanced a little:
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After a recovered booster is transported back to a dock, then I guess that booster would have to be rolled off via those gang-planks onto terra firma?

It would probably just get hauled off by two cranes.
« Last Edit: 12/20/2014 06:03 PM by Ohsin »
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #123 on: 12/20/2014 06:11 PM »
I have visual confirmation that ASDS is back in port. The Carnival ship Fascination is docked right behind it and has a forward-looking bridge webcam. ASDS is in full view of the webcam:

http://www.cruisin.me/cruisecams/ships/carnival_cruise_lines/carnival_fascination.php

Fascination will be leaving port this afternoon, but will be back in port for departures on Wednesday 24th, then Monday 29th, then Saturday Jan 3rd for more live viewing opportunities.

THAT is serious Cyber-Sluthing.  No Kidding.  How did you come up with it?

Thanks, short story here:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=36326.msg1305394#msg1305394

plus a little bit of luck.  ;)

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #124 on: 12/20/2014 06:20 PM »
White-balanced a little:

Underneath each of the upper deck "wings" are supports which come up at ~20deg angle. Below the support on the right-hand side, you see something protruding into the water which has roughly the shape of an outboard motor. Is that one of those much-discussed propulsion units that's supposed to maintain the ~3m-precision positioning of the barge?


That's my guess. You can see more about the drive units here:

http://www.thrustmaster.net/out-drive-propulsion-unit/portable-dynamic-positioning-system/

The blue boxes on ASDS with the exhaust mufflers on top are probably the diesel units that supply hydraulic power to the drives, and someone else identified the yellow boxes as diesel fuel tanks.
« Last Edit: 12/20/2014 06:34 PM by Kabloona »

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #125 on: 12/20/2014 06:36 PM »
I wrote  a program a YEARS ago to capture changing jpgs off internet (mainly for animation of mars landing)..so was going to capture pics of the barge but now the camera is offline for me.....dam :)
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #126 on: 12/20/2014 06:40 PM »
I wrote  a program a YEARS ago to capture changing jpgs off internet (mainly for animation of mars landing)..so was going to capture pics of the barge but now the camera is offline for me.....dam :)
jb

Try again, maybe with different browser, webcam is still up. Also note, ship will be leaving 4:00 pm Eastern today, so you might get a better view as the ship leaves dock.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #127 on: 12/20/2014 06:46 PM »
mm..telling me web page is not available..worked before..odd..
will keep trying

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #128 on: 12/20/2014 07:03 PM »
I just opened the firefox's web tools network tab and it seems to be capturing the frames  :o

EDIT: Reddit users are recording it :)
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #129 on: 12/20/2014 07:32 PM »
I just took a drive down to the Port Authority.   The closest you can get is the bridge on 105.  I took a couple of pics but the cruise ship cam is the best view unless you have a ticket for the cruise ship.


edit to add photo

Find someone with a ticket and get them to stand on the prow and take a bunch of photos and email them to you or upload them!!
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #130 on: 12/20/2014 07:42 PM »
I have visual confirmation that ASDS is back in port. The Carnival ship Fascination is docked right behind it and has a forward-looking bridge webcam. ASDS is in full view of the webcam:

http://www.cruisin.me/cruisecams/ships/carnival_cruise_lines/carnival_fascination.php

Fascination will be leaving port this afternoon, but will be back in port for departures on Wednesday 24th, then Monday 29th, then Saturday Jan 3rd for more live viewing opportunities.
Should you have "sherlock holmes" added to your forum title? No idea how you dug it up, pretty impressive!

Thanks, hrissan.  ;) It occurred to me to search for webcams in the Jacksonville port area. I had no idea that cruise ships also had webcams, but Google did. But when I checked the MarineTraffic app last night, no cruise ships were docked near the support ships. I checked MarineTraffic again this morning, and bingo, Carnival Fascination was docked right next to the support ships. Pulled up the forward webcam, and there it was! Ain't the Internet amazing...

Okay - what we REALLY need is to get the barge outfitted with a couple of webcams and registered with that website ... though I suppose the cruise ships make use of their onboard internet connections ... where's the Internet of Everything when you need it?

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #131 on: 12/20/2014 08:37 PM »
Carnival Fascination leaving port, final view of ASDS:

Edit: oops, there was a final pic of the ASDS here but then it turned into a billboard...guess I did it wrong.  :o
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #132 on: 12/20/2014 08:41 PM »

Carnival Fascination leaving port, final view of ASDS:



Fascinating ... ;)

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #133 on: 12/20/2014 08:41 PM »

Carnival Fascination leaving port, final view of ASDS:



Free advertising!!!

There was someone at the door, I went, I came back, damn.  Gone.

Which ship is next? Maybe we can get the view while incoming?
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #134 on: 12/20/2014 08:50 PM »
The only upcoming Carnival departures I can find from JAX are:

Wed 24th
Mon 29th
Jan 3rd

These are all Fascination cruises. The ship arrives in JAX port 8:00 am and departs same day 4:00 pm.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #135 on: 12/20/2014 08:51 PM »
Here are a few frames while leaving port.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #136 on: 12/20/2014 09:00 PM »
The only upcoming Carnival departures I can find from JAX are:

Wed 24th
Mon 29th
Jan 3rd

These are all Fascination cruises. The ship arrives in JAX port 8:00 am and departs same day 4:00 pm.

So I need to be watching on Wed 24th, 5 am local....

I can pretend to be doing Santa duty, but odds are I'll miss it...

I have a local friend that might make a sight seeing trip, we'll see.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #137 on: 12/20/2014 09:04 PM »
By the way what are these on container?

EDIT: May be something like
http://www.infraredcamerasinc.com/Thermal-Cameras/X32-Pan-Tilt-Infrared-Thermal-Imaging-System.html
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #138 on: 12/20/2014 09:13 PM »
By the way what are these on container?

EDIT: May be something like
http://www.infraredcamerasinc.com/Thermal-Cameras/X32-Pan-Tilt-Infrared-Thermal-Imaging-System.html

Small weather station?  Looks like an anemometer to me.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 2
« Reply #139 on: 12/20/2014 09:23 PM »
Here are a few frames while leaving port.

Is there a side extension to see on both side of the ASDS? Theese are new compared to first-ever photo tweeted by Elon.

It could be measured on the third photo very well.

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