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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #2200 on: 12/22/2017 08:50 PM »
They installed a lifting A Frame on the stern - the kind used to retrieve submersibles. Id say Dragon recovery is a good bet. But question - what are they using now for D1 recoveries?

NRC Quest, right?

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #2201 on: 12/22/2017 09:11 PM »
They installed a lifting A Frame on the stern - the kind used to retrieve submersibles. Id say Dragon recovery is a good bet. But question - what are they using now for D1 recoveries?

NRC Quest, right?

Yes. Dragon recovery has migrated through several recovery vessels on the west coast. The most recent being NRC Quest. Seems clear that they are looking for a east coast recovery ship. Either for crew or cargo. If not for primary landings then for aborts or weather contingencies.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #2202 on: 12/24/2017 02:24 AM »
I guess the Sea Stallion helicopter went the way of the tractor escape tower.
But arent we off topic for this ASDS thread?
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #2203 on: 12/31/2017 05:39 PM »
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X marks the spot (freshly painted too) to where the center core of Falcon Heavy will land on OCISLY next month.

https://twitter.com/nasa_nerd/status/947515057650352128

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #2204 on: 12/31/2017 07:51 PM »
Cool new ASDS?


I came across http://www.ship-technology.com/projects/christophe-de-margerie-class-icebreaking-lng-carriers/ - and found it interesting in that what would be needed for a somewhat independent ASDS-BFR, with fuel almost exists.

This is an icebreaking capable ship which can carry  enough cryogenic propellant for around thirty launches of BFR/BFS.

It is however $300M - but puts some of the questions of future ASDSs into context.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #2205 on: 01/01/2018 01:36 AM »
Article states the steel cutting ceremony was Sept 2015, launched January 2016, ice trials first quarter 2017. WOW!
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Good to see that OCISLY got a somewhat-new paint job.

Don't want it to be left alone rusting.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #2207 on: 01/17/2018 12:10 PM »
'Hawk' is back in Port Canaveral as of this morning.

'Elsbeth III' is in the Gulf of Mexico, so that probably answers the question of what's going to be on OCISLY duties for the next recovery / recoveries.

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