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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1620 on: 01/06/2017 01:24 PM »
Quick glance at the NDBC has this the closest buoy...

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=46047
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1621 on: 01/07/2017 04:49 AM »
warrior recently made a turn to the south east. nrc quest still in the lbc.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1622 on: 01/08/2017 01:01 AM »
warrior did a 180. might be entering a holding pattern or probably turning back to port because of the delay.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1623 on: 01/11/2017 08:17 AM »
It looks like they're back at port, and are still there.

When would we expect JRTI and Pacific Warrior to head back out for the launch? Imminently I'd guess...

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1624 on: 01/11/2017 09:04 AM »
The tug Pacific Warrior appears to be on the move!

(EDIT to add: As she passes by Sea Launch Commander I imagine her thinking, "There but for the grace of God go I."
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1625 on: 01/11/2017 10:01 AM »
Sarah C trailed Pacific Warrior most of the way there. She may be involved in operations.
Note some other traffic is currently active in the aisle.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1626 on: 01/11/2017 11:22 AM »
Pacific Warrior presumably with ASDS in tow has left the harbor.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1627 on: 01/11/2017 06:46 PM »
Outbound about 5 knots...  8)

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1628 on: 01/12/2017 03:18 PM »

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1629 on: 01/12/2017 04:34 PM »
NRC Quest is underway.

From that link:
Sailing to / ETA
GOD'S COUNTRY / Jan 14, 10:00
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1630 on: 01/12/2017 11:20 PM »
NRC Quest approaching the last available position of Pacific Warrior.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1631 on: 01/13/2017 08:06 PM »
NRC Quest is underway.

NRC Quest approaching the last available position of Pacific Warrior.

Just for the sake of completion, here's the similar link for Pacific Warrior.  No update since early Thursday morning though.  FYI, these locations were right at the northeastern corner of the NOTAM boxes announced a couple days ago.

EDIT:  According to Johnnyhinbos:
Pacific Warrior is the tug that would be towing ASDS.
NRC Quest doesn't tow an ASDS; it's a logistics support vessel.
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Just to make sure that I get the processing flow correct, which port will be used for post-launch delivery for West Coast launches? Long Beach or the one at VAFB?
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1633 on: 01/14/2017 05:18 PM »
After all those heartbreaking "so-close yet so far" attempts off Florida (When JRTI was based on Jacksonville), then Jason 3 off California, finally JRTI has its first successful landing!

And that landing video that SpaceX gave us this time... WOW!

I'm hearing quite a bit of venting-type noise intermittently on the technical feed, and I suspect it's not the second stage (as that's in a vacuum). Any chance we could be hearing live audio from JRTI? 
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1634 on: 01/15/2017 04:56 AM »
According to the two Vesselfinder links I posted above (click "Track"), both tugs appeared online Saturday afternoon, turned and headed at about 3.5 knots towards the southeast.  How far back do they have to stay back (do they have to stay out of the MOTAM boxes or are they exempt?) and how long does it normally* take for them to get to an ASDS?

Also, I thought someone said that the slower 3.5 knot speed indicates they are towing ASDS, because they would cruise at 11-12 knots when under no load.  But if they're heading to the southeast to intercept the ASDS, why so slow?

Finally, repeating Penguin's question just above, where will they process this booster?  Long Beach?

* Ha, "normally", this is apparently normal now :)
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1635 on: 01/15/2017 08:39 AM »
I recall that there is a rocket stand at the long beach pier. So probably there.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1636 on: 01/15/2017 04:03 PM »
Pacific Warrior appears to have arrived, because it's been at a standstill since about 1600 UTC today.  NRC Quest speed reports are erratic, so it's probably maneuvering around.
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Pacific Warrior appears to have arrived, because it's been at a standstill since about 1600 UTC today.  NRC Quest speed reports are erratic, so it's probably maneuvering around.

I think it's about 5+ hours since ChrisC's post - I was looking at Vessel finder and it shows
NRC Quest sailing to LA ETA Jan 16 1900 [I assume that's UTC i.e ETA 11am Monday.
Pacific Warrior sailing to LA ETA Oct 09 18:30 which I don't understand.
However Pacific Warriors track looks pretty straight line for some hours and it looks like NRC Quest is travelling in same direction. Pacific Warrior at 3.5 knots and NRC Quest at 5.1 knots.

Can anybody clarify what this means.

Thanks

Carl

Edit: Must have been my fumble fingers - now corrected speeds. I'm guessing Pacific Warriors ETA is simply because it hasn't been set yet?

« Last Edit: 01/15/2017 08:56 PM by cwr »

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1639 on: 01/15/2017 08:59 PM »
Pacific Warrior appears to have arrived, because it's been at a standstill since about 1600 UTC today.  NRC Quest speed reports are erratic, so it's probably maneuvering around.

I think it's about 5+ hours since ChrisC's post - I was looking at Vessel finder and it shows
NRC Quest sailing to LA ETA Jan 16 1900 [I assume that's UTC i.e ETA 11am Monday.
Pacific Warrior sailing to LA ETA Oct 09 18:30 which I don't understand.
However Pacific Warriors track looks pretty straight line for some hours and it looks like NRC Quest is travelling in same direction. Pacific Warrior at 3.5 knots and NRC Quest at 5.1 knots.

Can anybody clarify what this means.

Thanks

Carl

Pacific Warrior has shown in the recent past it can drag JRTI at just over 5 knots... so that seems normal...
NRC Quest will likely shadow the pair all the way back in... to render aid if needed...
Getting back Monday noon-ish fits the timeframe needed...

My speculations now... all just my opinion on topic...
My guess is JRTI is slightly less ballasted then OCISLY and is easier to drag thru the water...
Pacific Warrior seems not afraid to use his/her engines hard... Elsbeth II's captain seems to baby his (my opinion).

On edit... updated your post to show your corrections made...
« Last Edit: 01/15/2017 09:03 PM by John Alan »

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